- The Mercator projection has been used as a template for world maps since 1569
- It shows Africa as being smaller than it is
- Boston schools are taking a stand against it by introducing another projection
(CNN)On a typical world map, Canada is a vast nation. Home to six time zones, its endless plains spread from ocean to ocean, dominating great swathes of the northern half of the globe. But, in reality, three Canadas would comfortably fit inside Africa.