How to Lie With Maps

The internet has profoundly shaped cartography, but has not made it more honest

The Financial Times
May 2, 2018 · 5 min read
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By Alan Smith

At the height of the 1820s boom in South American bonds, Gregor MacGregor, a veteran of Simón Bolívar’s campaigns against Spanish rule on the continent, arrived in London to sell bonds in the thriving Central American republic of Poyais. Inevitably, a map…

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