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and you always thought Africa was a country…

October 20, 2010

This map is circulating a lot in other blogs, but I want to reproduce it here in its fullness to show you how BIG she really is…

For the accuracy of the data used, please have a look at the informed comments here

Update: the strange thing is that ALL the high resolution versions of this picture seem to have disappeared from the web

Looking at this also made me think to one of the best articles on Africa ever and in particular to this:

In your text, treat Africa as if it were one country. It is hot and dusty with rolling grasslands and huge herds of animals and tall, thin people who are starving. Or it is hot and steamy with very short people who eat primates. Don’t get bogged down with precise descriptions. Africa is big: fifty-four countries, 900 million people who are too busy starving and dying and warring and emigrating to read your book. The continent is full of deserts, jungles, highlands, savannahs and many other things, but your reader doesn’t care about all that, so keep your descriptions romantic and evocative and unparticular.

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