What is the importance of maps in the modern world?

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Maps are important tools used by geographers, and geography is an important subject in school and life.

A knowledge of geography enables you to understand history, immigration, and current events. For example, President Donald Trump promised to build a wall along the Mexican border during the 2016 election campaign. The...

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Maps are important tools used by geographers, and geography is an important subject in school and life.

A knowledge of geography enables you to understand history, immigration, and current events. For example, President Donald Trump promised to build a wall along the Mexican border during the 2016 election campaign. The Mexican border is indeed the last obstacle to most immigrants who seek to enter the US Geography is also key in understanding why countries such as Greece and Italy receive more immigrants than their northern European neighbors. Maps show why immigrants choose these countries and their perilous routes.

The speed and ease of travel and communication have made the world a smaller and more interdependent place. Before the twentieth century, most people never traveled outside their local regions. Because today's world is smaller, it is more important than ever to have an understanding of people and places beyond one's local community. That understanding makes you a better global citizen, and maps are essential to gaining that knowledge.

Geography and map reading should be an essential part of every school's curriculum.

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