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CF 3333 Clash of Cultures

Populations in 1500

World populations in 1500

Total 425 million

Asia 280 million (about the same percentage of total as today!)

Europe 80 million

Africa 46 million

Americas 14 million

Oceania 2 million

Other 3 million ("ethnics" estimate of tribes/bands/chiefdoms on the peripheries that would never have been censused)

China 110 million

India 105 million

Japan 17 million

Ottoman/Turkish Empire 10 million

North Africa 8 million

West Africa 11 million

Congo area 8 million

East Africa 6 million

Central Mexico 5 million

Andes (Inca) 4 million

(these last two could be a significant undercount; there are no records from the native peoples)

Population of world cities in 1500

1. Peking 672,000

2. Vijayanagar 500,000 (south India)

3. Cairo 450,000

4. Hangchow 375,000

5. Nanking 285,000

6. Canton 250,000

Tabriz 250,000 (Persian Empire)

8. Paris 225,000

. . . . . .

18. Naples 125,000

20. Venice 115,000

22 Milan 104,000

Africa

Fez 125,000

Tunis 75,000

Gao 60,000

Sub-Saharan Africa

Oyo 50,000

Kano 50,000

Americas

Tenochtitlan 80,000

Texcoco 60,000

Utalan, Tzintzuntzan, Tlaxcala 40,000 60,000

Cuzco 45,000

Population in 1500 is not randomly distributed over the face of the earth. But, there are hardly any places were there are no people, except Antarctica.

Peoples develop/invent different ways of being in community.

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