5 First Cities to Reach One Million People

Alexandria

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1. Rome, Italy

Historians estimate that Rome reached a population of one million by the end of the first century B.C.

2. Alexandria, Egypt

Alexandria, the major seaport of Egypt, grew exponentially as a shipping port for the Mediterranean and Dead Seas.

3. Angkor, Cambodia

Angkor reached a population of a million somewhere around 900 AD. The population then declined until it was abandoned in the 15th century.

4. Hangchow (Hangzhou), China

Hangzhou reached the million person mark around 1200 AD. Its position on the Hangzhou Bay made it a very powerful city.

5. London, United Kingdom

London had over a million people by the 18th century, making it the most populated city in the world at the time.

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