Wealth Year 1500


Wealth Year 1500


This “Worldmapper” map shows the global distribution of wealth in the year 1500. Territory size reflects the proportion of worldwide gross domestic product (GDP) adjusted for purchasing power parity from each particular country. In the year 1500, European territories had the highest GDP per person, while Asia had the largest population and highest total GDP. Central and Southeastern Africa had both the lowest GDPs and the lowest GDPs per capita.

The map is accompanied by tables that show the top twelve countries in terms of wealth per person and show other notable rankings. Here, wealth is defined as the average GDP per person in purchasing power parity of the US dollar in 1990. There is also a graph that charts changes in wealth over time by region.

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