Reading Danforth's "How the North Ended Up on Top of the World," I suddenly recalled something I'd forgotten. Close to twenty years ago, when my daughter was young, I put up on a wall Stuart McArthur's Universal Corrective Map of the World (1979). McArthur is Australian, and his map reverses the relative positions of the continents: instead of being "down under," Australia and South America and South Africa are up. He had first drawn a map like this when he was 12, and his teacher made him redo it the "correct" way. The wonderful thing is that McArthur went his own way undeterred and later corrected our all-too-prevalent North American perspective. Why shouldn't Australia be front and center?
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