Brazil Wipes Ecuador Off The Map

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The education ministry in Brazil put out a geography textbook for sixth-grade students. On the map of South America, Paraguay is switched with Uruguay. A second nation of Paraguay appears on the coastline. Ecuador is missing entirely. Half a million textbooks were distributed and will now have to be corrected.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. It is famously said that most people do not know their geography. But you'd think the map makers would know. The education ministry in Brazil put out a geography textbook for sixth-grade students. On the map of South America, Paraguay is switched with Uruguay. A second nation of Paraguay appears on the coastline, and Ecuador is missing entirely. Half a million textbooks were distributed and will now have to be corrected.

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