Does History Explain Alternate Geographical Memories?

A West Wing clip highlights some issues that make accurate geography challenging. While this was intended as a humorous scene, some people get lost in the political implications, and label this “liberal propaganda.”

In the context of alternate geography, political agendas (if there are any) aren’t the point.  History — and how it might continue to influence our maps — is relevant.

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Sri Lanka Location

sri-lanka-flagHas Sri Lanka moved?  It seems as if many people clearly recall Sri Lanka in a different location than where it is, now.  (See the Google map, below.)

Here’s what others have said in comments at this website:

Gurluas said:

I remember Ceylon(Sri Lanka) being directly south of India, not to the south-east.

This is a rough sketch of how I remember Ceylon’s location on the map.
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