- Feb 2010
- Canary Islands-Spain
The wikipedia article for Mbanza Congo said the 100,000 including the surrounding area, with 30,000 up in the mountains. So 100,000 is for the urban area, the city proper would have less, probably the same number as the Portuegese city of Evora. The 100,000 gives a slightly distorted view, since when we give a population of an equivalent European city of the time, those numbers are usually for the city proper.
This is true. We should look for more info about this city, but it's true also that notions of urbanism as we know in medieval Europe doesn't work well in other cultural enviroments.
For instead, Great Benin had walls measuring 13,000 kms, which enclosed 6,500 km2 of territory in different sections. This "city" was a wonderful complex of farms, grouped houses and fortified areas all together.