This map shows a history of the world's urban settlements from 3700 BC to 2000 AD. The date each city is plotted on the map corresponds to the date of its earliest available population (not necessarily the date it was founded).
The data is from Spatializing 6,000 years of global urbanization from 3700 BC to AD 2000.
Use the controls below the map to move back and forth in time or to pause / resume the animation.
For more info about this map, see the full post: The Full History of World Urbanization, 3700 BC - 2000 AD.
Created by: @galka_max