El Plano vs. El Mapa

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In Spanish, el plano is a city map as well as a representation of smaller area such as a neighborhood or a college campus.  El plano is also an architect’s blueprint for a house.

el plano

El mapa is a representation of a larger space, such as a county, state, province, country, or the world.

el mapa

It is always good to remember that that although mapa ends in the letter -a, it is a masculine noun that requires a masculine pronoun.

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Image Credits: El Plano – http://image.slidesharecdn.com/matrizdofa-110525155013-phpapp01/95/matriz-dofa-5-728.jpg?cb=1306339211

El Mapa – https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/11/Mapa_de_Espa%C3%B1a_-_Constituci%C3%B3n_de_1873.svg/416px-Mapa_de_Espa%C3%B1a_-_Constituci%C3%B3n_de_1873.svg.png