Deception, lies, and made-up lands

Maps do not simply lead and instruct; many of them mislead and deceive. The maps in this section hide an assortment of jokes, half-truths and crafty lies.

While some exaggerate the structure of the land, making countries seem bigger or more orderly, others incorporate mythical, non-existent lands, and slip in fake place names.

Explore more by clicking on the images below...

Chinese world map

Made-up Southern Continent

Hokusai's map of China

Map of Paradise

Fake map of Roman Britain

Neatened map of Wellington

Altered map of Barbados