How the north ended up on top of the map

From Aljazeera America.

McArthur’s Universal Corrective Map of the World
McArthur’s Universal Corrective Map of the World

Why do maps always show the north as up? For those who don’t just take it for granted, the common answer is that Europeans made the maps and they wanted to be on top. But there’s really no good reason for the north to claim top-notch cartographic real estate over any other bearing, as an examination of old maps from different places and periods can confirm.  Click to continue reading.

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