Just cause

Richard Lightman richard at nezumi.plus.com
Tue Feb 4 05:43:09 PST 2003

* S. Bougerolle <steveb at creek-and-cowley.com> [2003-02-04 12:22]:
> I just love geography trivia so let me wade in with an opinion.  The
> Roman Empire even at its height wouldn't have come close to covering as
> much territory.  The Mongols did cover a lot more but I think on balance
> the British Empire is still the biggest.  It's easy to be fooled by the
> sizes you see in Mercator projections.  Actually India is closer in size
> to China than you would think (not very close still, but not the 10% it
> looks on a map either).  If you add up India, Pakistan, Bangladesh,
> Burma, other odd Asiain territories, about a third of Africa, plus
> Canada and Australia (two of the five biggest countries in the world),
> it's quite a lot of area actually.  All of Asia and Eastern Europe
> combined (which is what the Mongol Empire included) wouldn't be as much,
> I'm sure.
Any idea how much the Celts held?


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