The One Minute Geographer: Africa: Closer Than You Think

Distances to and from Bar Harbor, Rabat, St. John’s and Denver. Base map from Great Circle Mapper at Distances added by the author.

What part of the United States is closest to Africa? Probably Florida? Maybe Cape Hatteras in North Carolina?

No it’s Maine. Really? Yes, West Quoddy Head in Lubec, Maine, which is the easternmost point of the contiguous United States.

And the closest part of North America to Africa is Newfoundland, Canada. In fact, it’s closer to fly from St. John’s airport in Newfound to…