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Ghana….her flag and coat of arms are illustrated above.

The prime meridian passes through Ghana, and only 7 other countries 1 in the world. The equator lies just 4 degrees south of Ghana, far nearer than any of those other 7 states, making Ghana nearer to that notional global center2 of the world than any other country.

For stories from Ghana, select any of the banknote icons above.

The prime meridian has a somewhat interesting history, and is a marker of the scientific progress of nations, not dissimilar from the monolith on the moon documented3 in 2001 A Space Odyssey; a first place medal we might say, in a specific, albeit antiquated, race. But, finally, it is entirely arbitrary. The equator, however, was established by God.4.

Ghana was formerly known as the Gold Coast. The name hearkens back to the colonial era when European nations were racing to capture resources for growth world wide. And the gold of that land is good.

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Footnotes

  1. There are eight nations located on the Prime Meridian: Algeria, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Spain, Togo, and the United Kingdom. https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/countries-on-the-prime-meridian.html
  2. that single point on the surface of the earth where 0 degrees latitude, the equator, and 0 degrees longitude, the prime meridian, intersect.
  3. it is science fiction, isn’t it?
  4. by which we mean that cosmic principle, that set of laws of physics, against which the currents of culture break like waves against Gibraltar