History of World 3500BC to 2005AD

history map of World 3500BC
 
  • Africa

    Africa

    Most of Africa is home to bands of hunter-gatherers, but in the Nile valley, the civilization of Egypt is beginning to emerge

    .

    click to view
  • Middle East

    Middle East

    The first civilizations in world history, those of Mesopotamia and Ancient Egypt, are emerging

    .

    click to view
  • Europe

    Europe

    Stone Age farming villages dot the landscape of Europe

    .

    click to view
  • South Asia

    South Asia

    Stone Age farmers and hunter-gatherers inhabit the Indian sub-continent

    .

    click to view
  • East Asia

    East Asia

    Farming is well-established in the two great river valleys of China, and is spreading to neighboring lands

    .

    click to view
  • South East Asia

    South East Asia

    Stone Age farmers and hunter-gatherers inhabit South East Asia

    .

    click to view
  • South America

    South America

    Permanent villages have grown up along coasts and rivers

    .

    click to view
  • Oceania

    Oceania

    All the Pacific islands are uninhabited, except for Australia, New Guinea and the Solomons

    .

    click to view
  • North America

    North America

    Hunter-gatherer cultures cover most of North America

    .

    click to view

History of World 3500BC to 2005AD

history map of World 2500BC
 
  • Middle East

    Middle East

    The civilizations of Egypt and Mesopotamia are now flourishing in the Middle East

    .

    click to view
  • Europe

    Europe

    Europe is still inhabited by Stone Age farming peoples. Tribes speaking Indo-European languages are migrating into the continent from the east

    .

    click to view
  • Africa

    Africa

    The civilization of Ancient Egypt now flourishes in the Nile valley

    .

    click to view
  • South Asia

    South Asia

    One of the great civilizations of the Ancient World has emerged in the Indus Valley

    .

    click to view
  • East Asia

    East Asia

    Agriculture is spreading out from its core areas in northern and southern China

    .

    click to view
  • South East Asia

    South East Asia .

    click to view
  • South America

    South America

    Large villages are developing along the Pacific coast, with temple-mounds and irrigation systems being constructed

    .

    click to view
  • Oceania

    Oceania

    A new phase in technology is beginning in Australia, and the migration of the ancestors of the Polynesians has begun from south China

    .

    click to view
  • North America

    North America

    The ancestors of the Inuit are arriving in North America

    .

    click to view

History of World 3500BC to 2005AD

history map of World 1500BC
 
  • Middle East

    Middle East

    The powerful Bronze Age empires of Egypt, the Mitanni, the Hittites and Babylonia dominate the Middle East

    .

    click to view
  • Europe

    Europe

    Bronze Age farming cultures now cover most of Europe, and in the south-east, the first European civilizations now flourish in Crete and Greece

    .

    click to view
  • Africa

    Africa

    While the civilization of Ancient Egypt reaches new heights, farming based on new tropical plants is being pioneered south of the Sahara.

    .

    click to view
  • South Asia

    South Asia

    The Indus Valley civilization has vanished, for reasons as yet unknown, and Indo-European tribes are moving into the sub-continent

    .

    click to view
  • East Asia

    East Asia

    An advanced civilization has arrived under the first of China's historic dynasties, the Shang.

    .

    click to view
  • South East Asia

    South East Asia

    Major population movements affect this region from both east and west.

    .

    click to view
  • South America

    South America

    The peoples of the Pacific coast are making strides towards civilization

    .

    click to view
  • Oceania

    Oceania

    The ancestors of the Polynesians are beginning to settle the islands of the Pacific

    .

    click to view
  • North America

    North America

    Farming is spreading to eastern USA

    .

    click to view

History of World 3500BC to 2005AD

history map of World 1000BC
 
  • Europe

    Europe

    Major population movements in Europe have caused widespread upheaval, and the Minoan and Mycenaean civilizations have vanished

    .

    click to view
  • Middle East

    Middle East

    Invasions have devastated the old centres of civilization, but important new developments, such as the use of iron, the appearance of the alphabet and the rise of Israel, with its monotheistic religion, have taken place

    .

    click to view
  • Africa

    Africa

    Farming and cattle herding is spreading in western and central Africa

    .

    click to view
  • South Asia

    South Asia

    Indo-European peoples are spreading across northern India

    .

    click to view
  • East Asia

    East Asia

    Chinese civilization expands under the Zhou dynasty

    .

    click to view
  • South East Asia

    South East Asia

    Large-scale popluation movements continue to affect this region

    .

    click to view
  • Oceania

    Oceania

    A new phase in technology is beginning in Australia, and the migration has begun from south China of the ancestors of the Polynesians

    .

    click to view
  • South America

    South America

    The first civilization in South America is in the making

    .

    click to view
  • North America

    North America

    The Olmec civilization has appeared in North America

    .

    click to view

History of World 3500BC to 2005AD

history map of World 500BC
 
  • Middle East

    Middle East

    A succession of great empires - the Assyrian, the Babylonian, and now the Persian - have dominated the Middle East for the past few centuries

    .

    click to view
  • Europe

    Europe

    The Iron Age Celts and their relatives dominate much of Europe, whilst in the Mediterranean land a number of brilliant city-state civilizations, most notably the Greeks, now flourish

    .

    click to view
  • Africa

    Africa

    Bantu farmers from West Africa are beginning to spread out across the continent

    .

    click to view
  • South Asia

    South Asia

    In the age of the Buddha, urban civilization has again appeared in South Asia

    .

    click to view
  • East Asia

    East Asia

    The philosopher Confucius, whose teachings will influence millions of people down to the present day, lives at this time

    .

    click to view
  • South East Asia

    South East Asia

    The Malays and Javanese now inhabit their modern homes, and the Iron Age has come to the region

    .

    click to view
  • Oceania

    Oceania

    The ancestors of the Polynesians have reached as far east as Fiji

    .

    click to view
  • South America

    South America

    In the Amazon basin, the Arawak diaspora is in full flood

    .

    click to view
  • North America

    North America

    The influence of the Olmec civilization now covers much of Central America

    .

    click to view

History of World 3500BC to 2005AD

history map of World 200BC
 
  • Middle East

    Middle East

    The conquests of Alexander the Great have reshaped the map of the Middle East, and Greek-speaking kingdoms, founded by Alexander's generals, now cover the region

    .

    click to view
  • Europe

    Europe

    The Celts still dominate much of Europe, but a new power, Rome, is on the rise and is now the leading power in the western Mediterranean

    .

    click to view
  • Africa

    Africa

    Trade routes across the Sahara desert are being pioneered, while, to the south, Bantu farmers continue their swift expansion across the continent

    .

    click to view
  • South Asia

    South Asia

    The great Maurya empire has conquered most of the Indian sub-continent

    .

    click to view
  • East Asia

    East Asia

    China, for centuries divided between large and powerful states continually at war with one another, has now become united under the rule of the Han dynasty.

    .

    click to view
  • South East Asia

    South East Asia

    Indian traders are bringing Hinduism, Buddhism and other elements of Indian civilization to South East Asia

    .

    click to view
  • Oceania

    Oceania

    A distinctive Polynesian culture is now evolving

    .

    click to view
  • North America

    North America

    Several post-Olmec civilizations are emerging in different parts of Central America

    .

    click to view
  • South America

    South America

    The spread of maize as a staple crop allows new areas to be settled by farmers

    .

    click to view

History of World 3500BC to 2005AD

history map of World 30BC
 
  • Middle East

    Middle East

    The Middle East is now divided between the Roman and Parthian empires

    .

    click to view
  • Europe

    Europe

    The Roman empire now rules much of Europe

    .

    click to view
  • Africa

    Africa

    North Africa is now part of the Roman empire, while in central Africa the Bantu expansion continues

    .

    click to view
  • South Asia

    South Asia

    The Mauryan empire has fragmented into many small states, and invaders from Central Asia now occupy much of northern India

    .

    click to view
  • East Asia

    East Asia

    China has expanded its territory under the rule of the Han emperors

    .

    click to view
  • South East Asia

    South East Asia

    The first urban civilization of South East Asia has appeared, in Burma

    .

    click to view
  • Oceania

    Oceania

    A new phase of Polynesian expansion in the Pacific is occurring

    .

    click to view
  • North America

    North America

    The Mayan civilization is emerging

    .

    click to view
  • South America

    South America

    The Moche and Nazca civilizations are now flourishing

    .

    click to view

History of World 3500BC to 2005AD

history map of World  200AD
 
  • Middle East

    Middle East

    One small part of the region, Judaea, has given birth to the new religion of Christianity, but has also seen the dispersal of the Jewish people from their homeland

    .

    click to view
  • Europe

    Europe

    The Roman empire has given much of Europe two centuries of peace and prosperity

    .

    click to view
  • Africa

    Africa

    All of North Africa is now part of the Roman empire, while to the south the Bantu migration continues

    .

    click to view
  • South Asia

    South Asia

    The Kushana empire is a centre for the spread of Buddhism into central and eastern Asia

    .

    click to view
  • East Asia

    East Asia

    The Han empire has ruled much of East Asia for over four hundred years - but not for much longer

    .

    click to view
  • South East Asia

    South East Asia

    Indian-style kingdoms and principalities are appearing in South East Asia

    .

    click to view
  • South America

    South America

    The Moche have reached a high level of civilization

    .

    click to view
  • North America

    North America

    The Mayan civilization is now emerging

    .

    click to view
  • Oceania

    Oceania

    Distinctive Polynesian societies are evolving on the various Pacific islands

    .

    click to view

History of World 3500BC to 2005AD

history map of World 500AD
 
  • Middle East

    Middle East

    The Middle East is divided between the Eastern Roman empire and the Persian empire

    .

    click to view
  • Europe

    Europe

    The western Roman empire has fallen to German invaders, but the eastern Roman empire remains intact

    .

    click to view
  • Africa

    Africa

    A powerful new kingdom is arising in Ethiopia, while in West Africa trade routes across the Sahara are developing

    .

    click to view
  • South Asia

    South Asia

    Under the Gupta empire, north Indian civilization reaches a peak of achievement, while in south India there is a developing trade with SE Asia

    .

    click to view
  • East Asia

    East Asia

    China is weak and divided, but its cultural influence continues to spread in Korea, Japan and Vietnam

    .

    click to view
  • South East Asia

    South East Asia

    Indian civilization exerts a deep influence upon the kingdoms and peoples of South East Asia

    .

    click to view
  • South America

    South America

    Large chiefdoms have emerged in Amazonia

    .

    click to view
  • North America

    North America

    The Hopewell culture has vanished

    .

    click to view
  • Oceania

    Oceania

    The Polynesians have settled Hawaii and Easter Island

    .

    click to view

History of World 3500BC to 2005AD

history map of World 750AD
 
  • Europe

    Europe

    Medieval Europe is beginning to emerge from the wreckage of the Ancient World.

    .

    click to view
  • Middle East

    Middle East

    The Middle East has been conquered by Arab armies under the banners of a new religion, Islam

    .

    click to view
  • South Asia

    South Asia

    Powerful regional kingdoms now dominate northern and central India.

    .

    click to view
  • East Asia

    East Asia

    China is now united and powerful under the great Tang dynasty, and exerts a huge influence upon the neighboring countries of Japan and Korea

    .

    click to view
  • Africa

    Africa

    Wealthy kingdoms are emerging in West Africa

    .

    click to view
  • South East Asia

    South East Asia .

    click to view
  • North America

    North America

    The Pueblo culture is now developing

    .

    click to view
  • Oceania

    Oceania

    The Polynesian colonization of the major Pacific islands is in its final phase

    .

    click to view
  • South America

    South America

    The Tiwanaku and Wari empires now dominate the highlands of Peru

    .

    click to view

History of World 3500BC to 2005AD

history map of World 979AD
 
  • Europe

    Europe

    Western Europe experiences internal wars and external attacks which bring widespread insecurity and lead to the rise of feudalism



    .

    click to view
  • Middle East

    Middle East

    The Islamic Caliphate is beginning to fragment

    .

    click to view
  • South Asia

    South Asia

    Rajput princes now rule many states in northern India,while in south India the Cola dynasty is dominant

    .

    click to view
  • East Asia

    East Asia

    China's influence abroad, over Korea and Japan, has diminished, but at home it is a time of great advance

    .

    click to view
  • Africa

    Africa

    West African kingdoms flourish

    .

    click to view
  • South East Asia

    South East Asia

    Old kingdoms are disappearing and new ones emerging

    .

    click to view
  • North America

    North America

    The Mayan civilization is now in decline, while the Mississippian culture is rising

    .

    click to view
  • South America

    South America

    The Chimu empire has appeared on the Pacific coast

    .

    click to view
  • Oceania

    Oceania

    Long-distance voyages remain a part of the Polynesian way of life

    .

    click to view

History of World 3500BC to 2005AD

history map of World  1215AD
 
  • East Asia

    East Asia

    This is a period of great technological advance in China and Korea

    .

    click to view
  • South Asia

    South Asia

    Rajput princes rule much of northern India, while in the south the Chola empire has flourished

    .

    click to view
  • Africa

    Africa

    The expansion of trade in West Africa is leading to the rise of new kingdoms

    .

    click to view
  • North America

    North America

    The Toltec empire has vanished, and the Mexica people have appeared in history

    .

    click to view
  • South America

    South America

    The Chimu empire is now the leading state in the Pacific-Andean region

    .

    click to view
  • Oceania

    Oceania

    Polynesian colonists discover New Zealand

    .

    click to view
  • Europe

    Europe

    European feudalism is at its height



    .

    click to view
  • South East Asia

    South East Asia

    The Khmer empire is at the height of its power, and the great temple of Angkor Wat has been built

    .

    click to view
  • Middle East

    Middle East

    Islam has by now become the majority religion in the Middle East

    .

    click to view

History of World 3500BC to 2005AD

history map of World 1453AD
 
  • South America

    South America

    The Inca empire has begun its expansion

    .

    click to view
  • Middle East

    Middle East

    The Middle East has been ruled by a succession of conquerors from central Asia

    .

    click to view
  • South Asia

    South Asia

    Indian civilization is becoming a fusion of Muslim and Hindu elements

    .

    click to view
  • Africa

    Africa

    New kingdoms are emerging in different parts of Africa

    .

    click to view
  • Oceania

    Oceania

    Easter Island statues getting larger!

    .

    click to view
  • East Asia

    East Asia

    The Ming empire is at the centre of a tributary system spanning East Asia

    .

    click to view
  • Europe

    Europe

    The old feudal order and is beginning to give way to early modern Europe

    .

    click to view
  • South East Asia

    South East Asia

    Muslim merchants have established a network of small sultanates in the region

    .

    click to view
  • North America

    North America

    The Aztecs are now building their empire in Central America

    .

    click to view

History of World 3500BC to 2005AD

history map of World 1648AD
 
  • Oceania

    Oceania

    The first European sailors have now appeared in Oceania

    .

    click to view
  • Europe

    Europe

    Developments such as the Renaissance, the Reformation, and the expansion of trade and colonization throughout the world, have transformed Europe

    .

    click to view
  • Middle East

    Middle East

    The Ottoman empire now dominates most of the Middle east

    .

    click to view
  • South Asia

    South Asia

    The Mughal empire now rules much of the Indian sub-continent

    .

    click to view
  • East Asia

    East Asia

    The Ming dynasty has recently been replaced on the Chinese throne by the Qing

    .

    click to view
  • South East Asia

    South East Asia

    Europeans are beginning to make their presence felt in this region

    .

    click to view
  • Africa

    Africa

    Large numbers of Africans are being taken to the Americas as slaves

    .

    click to view
  • North America

    North America

    North America is now being colonized by Europeans

    .

    click to view
  • South America

    South America

    The Spanish and Portuguese now control much of South America

    .

    click to view

History of World 3500BC to 2005AD

history map of World 1789AD
 
  • Africa

    Africa

    The Atlantic Slave Trade is at its height, and having a destructive impact on wide areas of the African interior

    .

    click to view
  • Oceania

    Oceania

    The first permanent European settlement has been established in Oceania, in south-west Australia, which has been claimed for the British empire

    .

    click to view
  • East Asia

    East Asia

    The huge Qing empire dominates East Asia with its tributary system

    .

    click to view
  • Europe

    Europe

    The foundations for worldwide scientific and military dominance are being laid in the struggles between European nations

    .

    click to view
  • Middle East

    Middle East

    The Middle East experiences political weakness in both the Ottoman empire and Iran

    .

    click to view
  • South Asia

    South Asia

    The Mughal empire has declined and the British empire is growing

    .

    click to view
  • South East Asia

    South East Asia

    Dutch commercial and political influence now spreads far and wide throughout the islands and coasts of South East Asia

    .

    click to view
  • North America

    North America

    The USA is now an independent nation

    .

    click to view
  • South America

    South America

    The Spanish and Portuguese empires rule most of South America between them

    .

    click to view

History of World 3500BC to 2005AD

history map of World 1837AD
 
  • Africa

    Africa

    The Zulu conquests are causing turmoil over a large part of south and central Africa

    .

    click to view
  • Oceania

    Oceania

    European missionaries and traders are active throughout the Pacific

    .

    click to view
  • East Asia

    East Asia

    Western merchants and missionaries are clamouring to be let into the countries of East Asia

    .

    click to view
  • Europe

    Europe

    Europe continues to be transformed by intellectual change and industrial expansion

    .

    click to view
  • Middle East

    Middle East

    Some Middle Eastern governments are taking steps to modernize their countries

    .

    click to view
  • South Asia

    South Asia

    The British now control most of India

    .

    click to view
  • South East Asia

    South East Asia

    The British are acquiring more territories in the region

    .

    click to view
  • North America

    North America

    The USA has purchased a vast territory from the French

    .

    click to view
  • South America

    South America

    The countries of South America have won their independence from Spain and Portugal

    .

    click to view

History of World 3500BC to 2005AD

history map of World 1871AD
 
  • Africa

    Africa

    European explorers have visited the interior of Africa

    .

    click to view
  • Oceania

    Oceania

    The Pacific islands are falling under European control

    .

    click to view
  • East Asia

    East Asia

    The Western powers have been forcing the nations of East Asia to open their doors to them

    .

    click to view
  • Europe

    Europe

    Nationalism and industrialization continue to transform Europe

    .

    click to view
  • Middle East

    Middle East

    The Ottoman empire has tightened its grip on much of the Middle East

    .

    click to view
  • South Asia

    South Asia

    The British almost lost control of India in a great rebellion, but were able to reimpose their rule

    .

    click to view
  • South East Asia

    South East Asia

    European power is growing in South East Asia

    .

    click to view
  • North America

    North America

    The USA almost tore itself apart in civil war

    .

    click to view
  • South America

    South America

    Foreign investment is pouring into some South American countries

    .

    click to view

History of World 3500BC to 2005AD

history map of World 1914AD
 
  • Europe

    Europe

    European nations now rule much of the world, but their rivalries are now leading them into the First World War

    .

    click to view
  • Middle East

    Middle East

    The British and French are increasingly active in the Middle East

    .

    click to view
  • South Asia

    South Asia

    British rule in India is at its height

    .

    click to view
  • South East Asia

    South East Asia

    The European powers have shared out most of South East Asia amongst themselves

    .

    click to view
  • South America

    South America

    Brazil, Argentina and Chile are growing wealthy

    .

    click to view
  • North America

    North America

    Canada and the USA have experienced huge industrial expansion

    .

    click to view
  • East Asia

    East Asia

    Japan has successfully modernized, and has gained international status at the expense of China and Korea

    .

    click to view
  • Oceania

    Oceania

    All the Pacific islands have fallen under foreign control

    .

    click to view
  • Africa

    Africa

    The European powers have divided almost the whole of Africa up between them

    .

    click to view

History of World 3500BC to 2005AD

history map of World 1960AD
 
  • Europe

    Europe

    Europe has experienced two devastating world wars, and is now divided between East and West

    .

    click to view
  • Middle East

    Middle East

    The Cold War has had a major impact on the Middle East

    .

    click to view
  • South Asia

    South Asia

    The British have left the Indian subcontinent, which is now divided amongst different nations

    .

    click to view
  • South East Asia

    South East Asia

    The countries of South East Asia have become independent from their Western masters

    .

    click to view
  • South America

    South America

    Eva Peron wins the hearts of Argentinians

    .

    click to view
  • North America

    North America

    The USA and Canada have fought in the two world wars together

    .

    click to view
  • East Asia

    East Asia

    East Asia has been one of the most war-torn regions of the world

    .

    click to view
  • Oceania

    Oceania

    Many Pacific islands were caught up in the fierce fighting of World War 2

    .

    click to view
  • Africa

    Africa

    The European nations are starting to withdraw from the empires in Africa

    .

    click to view

History of World 3500BC to 2005AD

history map of World 2005AD
 
  • Europe

    Europe

    Most of Europe now belongs to the EU

    .

    click to view
  • Middle East

    Middle East

    Arab-Israeli hostility has dominated Middle Eastern politics

    .

    click to view
  • South Asia

    South Asia

    Tension remains high between Pakistan and India, both now nuclear-armed states

    .

    click to view
  • South East Asia

    South East Asia

    South East Asia has experienced dramatic economic growth

    .

    click to view
  • South America

    South America

    Many countries of South America have swung, first to dictatorship, and then to democracy

    .

    click to view
  • North America

    North America

    The NAFTA trade agreement is benefitting the economies of all North American countries

    .

    click to view
  • East Asia

    East Asia

    East Asia has become economically one of the most powerful regions of the world

    .

    click to view
  • Oceania

    Oceania

    Many new independent nations now dot the Pacific Ocean

    .

    click to view
  • Africa

    Africa

    All European powers have withdrawn from their empires in Africa

    .

    click to view

    INSTRUCTIONS: Hover map for summary and tap to zoom. Press icons to change the date of the map. Drag timeline for more historical periods.