This week was Geography Awareness Week, a tradition introduced by the National Geographic to address the fact that “too many young Americans are unable to make effective decisions, understand geo-spatial issues, or even recognize their impacts as global citizens.”

And as if to drive the point home, Ben Carson’s staff tweeted a map of the US this week that confused states in New England and misplaced them. The map was soon widely retweeted and mocked, with commenters volunteering fixed maps and other suggestions. The tweet was later deleted.

Ben Carson's staff got American geography wrong

Ben Carson’s staff got American geography wrong Image by Twitter

Vermont and New York in Carson’s map appear to have a new stretch of beach into the ocean, whilst Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine are moved northeast by about 150 miles. Maine instead is supposedly in the middle of what is the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. Virginia and Maryland were also confused, attributing more territory to Maryland.

National Geographic need to keep up the good fight it would seem.