Population of he capitales of Europa in 1572


Ad Honoris
May 2014
In 1561, Madrid was 15.000 inhabitants. It was the year Philipp II stablished the Capital in Madrid. Of course it was not the largest City in the Empire...not even in Spain (Seville, Burgos, Valladolid were largest and maybe Valencia too).
Madrid was chosen for its central location, correct?
Nov 2010
Madrid was chosen for its central location, correct?
Possibly. Though it isn't as central as Toledo (Before the road network). I think it was the personal whim of Phillip II possibly. Toledo's Alcazar is right there in the city and made the queen feel pressed in and claustrophobic. Valladolid had supported the communera rebellion some time before. And I think Phillip wanted the wide open spaces and hunting grounds of El Escorial. The old muslim town of Madrid therefore grew up accordingly close by.
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Bart Dale

Ad Honorem
Dec 2009
Paris was probably the biggest. How about London, Venice, Rome, Neaples, Florence?
London had a population of around 200,000 in 1600 and was rapidly growing. Probably a little less in 1572, but well over 100,000.

A 2012 Exhibition of the History of London talked about London's population going from 50,000 to 500,000.from 1500 to 1700 to give you an idea of how rapidly the city was growing.
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