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10 Cities That Were the New York of Their Time

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New York City is a world capital in every sense of the word — it’s a cultural and economic powerhouse, and arguably the most influential city on the planet. But it wasn’t always this way, as the following cities once dominated the world around them. →Subscribe for new videos every day! https://www.youtube.com/user/toptenznet?sub_confirmation=1 Help us translate our videos: https://www.youtube.com/timedtext_cs_queue?msg=10&tab=0 - Learn more why you might want to help: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/6052538 Find more lists at: http://www.toptenz.net Entertaining and educational top 10 lists from TopTenzNet! Subscribe to our Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TopTenz/ Business inquiries to [email protected] Other TopTenz Videos: Why are These the Most EXTREME CITIES in the World? https://youtu.be/YBp_s8fARKc?list=PLQ4d2-ByGhnIy7dG1B8XJ_0Qtszgv_3_z Top 10 Weirdest Cities Around The World https://youtu.be/l51AFeeuvvE?list=PLQ4d2-ByGhnIy7dG1B8XJ_0Qtszgv_3_z Text version: http://www.toptenz.net/10-cities-that-were-the-new-york-of-their-time.php Coming up: 10. Vijayanagara 9. Constantinople 8. Palmyra 7. Persepolis 6. Carthage 5. Rome 4. Tenochtitlan 3. London 2. Sukhothai 1. Djenne-Djenno Source/Further reading: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/vijayanagara-earliest-example-of-imperial-city-george-michell/article5597598.ece http://www.vijayanagara.org/html/Forin_Visitors.html http://www.ancient.eu/Constantinople/ http://www.istanbultrails.com/2008/05/the-hippodrome-of-constantinople/ http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/palm/hd_palm.htm https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJ6w3IkfDcI#t=869 http://www.livius.org/aj-al/alexander/alexander_t12.html http://www.ancient.eu/Xerxes_I/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iarbas http://www.history.com/topics/ancient-history/ancient-rome http://www.tenochtitlanfacts.com/ http://www.britannia.com/history/londonhistory/ http://www.worldheritagesite.org/sites/sukhothai.html http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/116 https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/8d/New_York_NYC.jpg https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/3f/Vijayanagara_Empire_1336_%E2%80%93_1646_ad.PNG https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/A19XzbQIFML.jpg https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e8/Vijayanagara%2C_Hampi%2C_India_%2820578706933%29.jpg https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f9/Vijayanagara%2C_Hampi%2C_India_%2821198968175%29.jpg https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/a2/View_of_the_Virupaksha_temple_complex_from_Hemakuta_hill.JPG/290px-View_of_the_Virupaksha_temple_complex_from_Hemakuta_hill.JPG https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/cb/Vijayadashami_Dasara_Dussehra_Durga_Pooja_India_October_2013.jpg https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/03/Vijayanagara%2C_Hampi%2C_India_%2820578091874%29.jpg https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/cf/Hampi-Elephant-Stables.jpg https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/46/Partition_of_the_Roman_Empire_in_395_AD.png https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/ce/Rome-Capitole-StatueConstantin.jpg https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/43/PZ_6192_Constantinople%2C_Turkey%2C_1890s.jpg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncwMB6NPopU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ng--WLT0Xjc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjrnvDn2tcA
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Michelle Wyatt (5 days ago)
you guys r awesome!
Freddy Lubin (20 days ago)
Palmyra was further ruined by ISIS.
d e austin (21 days ago)
wouldn't Sargon's Agade be the first, about 2500 BC? Course, then again, Jericho or even Catal Huyuck might be a candidates. Then again, maybe you could call the Cro Magnon rock shelter or the Neandertal Valley the New York of their time.
krishna murthy (1 month ago)
So you left out Delhi, Baghdad, Babylon, Samarkand and instead put an enlarged version of a sand castle built by a child as your number 1 city.
Dan Laleman (1 month ago)
What about Cahokia?
Arunabh Awasthi (1 month ago)
i am surprised to not find pataliputra in the list. Also, the same goes for Baghdad.
Keith Allan Yeo (2 months ago)
Not chang'an China?
deep's own factory (3 months ago)
Your channel is amazing... Too much helpful to me... Keep uploading contents like this.. Thank you.
nixter888 (3 months ago)
Athens was the New York and not only of it's time.. It produced more brilliant minds—from Socrates to Aristotle—than any other place the world before or since....If you’ve ever voted, served on a jury, watched a movie, read a novel, spoken English, had a rational thought, or gazed at the night sky in silent wonder, then you can thank the Ancient Greeks. They brought us democracy, science, philosophy, written contracts, taxes, writing, and schools....Ancient Greeks were some of the first people if not the first, to really rely on an advanced system of international trade and commerce.... The Greeks became the best sailors ever and established complex trade networks with people all across the Mediterranean region as early as the 6th century BC....Athens is the most influential place in the world.”DO NOT BE AFRAID TO SAY IT!
Joseph Dodd (3 months ago)
This YouTube station can go to hell
josue virgen (3 months ago)
Tecnochtitlan is now what is called Mexico City and it’s not in centra America it’s Mexico is a North American country with USA and Canada !
Augustin Théoleyre (3 months ago)
Paris Bagdad Beijing
Day Dreamer (3 months ago)
Only Americans say that NYC is the capital of the world. At best it's third, maybe second. It has a long way to go to supplant London. Tokyo is up there
Platonas Soter (3 months ago)
where is angor my friend..???
west brit (3 months ago)
Lot of places nobody has heard of in a top ten ! Not to mention New York  sort of not being a capital city !
W -RS (3 months ago)
Huh...it wasn't always this way! You don't say!
heyglasses (3 months ago)
Istanbul(Constantinople) would easily be regarded as the best city in the world during ottoman rule which means it should be ranked above London. im referring to around the time collonisation was taking place.btw u seem to have very biased british views as not many would rank london aove new York presently.
Sergei Anissimov-Pihl (4 months ago)
very bizarre selection... I understand of trying to be politically correct and include place in Africa... but, really? no place for any of the capitals of the Chinese dynasties. Each of them would be be NYC of the day. Most notably Chang-An capital to 10 dynasties, Tang among them when city had a population of 1 million at about 750 AD - by far biggest city at the time with one of the most diverse ethnic and religions populace anywhere.
Jack Lee (4 months ago)
Cuzco, the capital of the Inca Empire. Cuzco in the Quechua language means navel, because it was the center of the known universe, the largest, and wealthiest city in the American continent.
NobleDesignMedia (4 months ago)
This is the kind of historical overview I signed up for.
Bellasie (4 months ago)
Unbearable bias in all these lists... Where are Babylon, Memphis, Thebes, Alexandria, Petra, Tyr, Byblos, Athens, Mohenjodaro, Kanchipuram, Thanjavur, Madurai, Delhi, Angkor, Ayutthaya, Florence, Venice, Baghdad, Isfahan, Kyoto, Chang'an (Xian), Beijing, Nanjing, Paris, Vienna, Moscow, etc...?
7WhitePhoenix7 (4 months ago)
#5 Rome: What do you mean 'flatter'? Knowledge of a spherical Earth predates Rome!!!!!
rgerber (5 months ago)
...and then the muslims came
Danny Landrum (5 months ago)
What color is Simon's undershirt?
Tash Kay (5 months ago)
What about Bruges?
baller manc (5 months ago)
new york is just a weekend shopping trip for Brits
Nicholas Pro (5 months ago)
I'm surprised Alexandria and Babylon didn't make the list...oh well
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Nefi Arenas Salazar (6 months ago)
I live in Mexico City: 1. It's not in Central America 2. There are no jungles around here. Just swamps surrounded by mountains with pine tree forests.
Doby Pilgrim (6 months ago)
Your Number One in this video is a joke right?
David Campbell (7 months ago)
Wear an undershirt, wolf man!
Arne Sahlen (7 months ago)
Angkor in Cambodia - immense city-state with intense focus on culture and learning
BioCapsule (9 months ago)
Both Chang'an (Xi'an) and Dadu (Kanbaliq or Beijing) were just as significant if not more than half of those on the list and certainly more cosmopolitan than the more isolated territories like Tenochtitlan.
Saaid Jama (9 months ago)
You forgot Akkad, Babylon and Baghdad
Jason Voigt (10 months ago)
london is a warm beer drinking, overcrowded and dull sespool, Its historic buildings and cocaine are awesome
G S (10 months ago)
Economically, London is definitely No.1 Itself used to compose nearly 30% of world GDP. (for a very short period of time though).
Joey Suggs (10 months ago)
Constantinople didnt change its name to Istanbul until after WWI.
César SVA (10 months ago)
Where is Paris? It was the cultural capital of Europa for most of modern history
Abhishek Dhar (11 months ago)
Very poor choices.The list should be (in no order) 1.Rome 2.Babylon 3.Constantinopole/Istanbul 4.London 5.Baghdad 6.Jerusalem Then in no order Paris(cultural centre of europe and capital of most powerful european nation for much of early modern era) Beijing Pataliputra or Delhi St.Petersburg or Moscow Honourable mentions - Samarkand Tokyo Alexandria Berlin Madrid Tenochtitlan/Mexico City Mecca Athens
jose garrido (11 months ago)
No athens shocking
Max Lu (11 months ago)
You forgot to mention that Rome was the first city ever to reach a population of 1 million.
VISHAL KUMAR SINGH (11 months ago)
where is pataliputra???
Simon Larsen (11 months ago)
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Ruby Doobie (11 months ago)
You forgot New York.
Nikola Novkovic (1 year ago)
Joshua Illig (1 year ago)
You forgot Atlantis.. that city was the bees knees.
Benson (1 year ago)
Next scam call you get from someone with a thick Indian accent, ask if they are from India. Vijayanagara, India, to be exact, heavy on the vagina.
Russia Did It (1 year ago)
So proud to speak and live in an English country. I live in the U.S.
Armin Nasery (1 year ago)
I think Baghdad and/or Cairo could have definitely made the list before the crusades these two cities where the capitals to the strongest and perhaps wealthiest empires of the time and they were indeed biggest centers of trade at the time.
krishna murthy (1 year ago)
Venice, Babylon, Delhi, pataliputra, Surat, Constantinople, Beijing, Nanking, Alexandria, Baghdad, Athens, Sparta. Our world is too large and history too vast for it to be contained in 10 cities. Maybe you should make another list
Blue Dude (1 year ago)
krishna murthy True
John Ransom (1 year ago)
Why nôt Alexandria, Baghdad, Timbuktu or Athens
איתן שי (1 year ago)
How did they not mention Jerusalem or Chang'an?
Sebastian Corrales (1 year ago)
Babylon is #1 That's city was ahead of their time.
Mason Liu (1 year ago)
Chinese empires not once or twice in its 5000 years of history. the Han dynasty with the silk road makes it easily a superpower. xi an, its capital has been the capital of 13 different dynasty. wouldn't consider Beijing though cause when it became capitals of different dynasties they weren't that impressive
Ποκο πικο (1 year ago)
QUI-GON JINN (1 year ago)
no port royal???
The Deaf Mute (1 year ago)
I find the lack of Xi'an and Peking kind of disturbing.
ravikanth peduri (1 year ago)
Magadha Kingdom with its capital Pataliputra was the most magnificent with universities Nalanda was the true wold capita
Califa G (1 year ago)
You've forgotten Havana and Seville, just to name a feeeeeeew!
Nikola Mitrovic (1 year ago)
NEW YORK OF THEIR TIME ?! And by the way, New York 500 years ago was a forrest with dears and native Americans Indians. Almost every city in Europe has a history and is older than New York, so I don't get it why that city is too idolised.
TobyPlayz (1 year ago)
Honestly, no Xi’an? It was the largest city in the world for centuries.
Águila701 (1 year ago)
I wouldn't live in New York.
Fatal Shore (1 year ago)
To cite the Napoleonic wars as a example of London's power is a joke, Napoleons France was fighting basically all of Europe at the same time, England was a part of the massive alliance that eventually defeated Napoleon after having their collective arse's kicked for decades. Napoleon lost upwards of 500,000 troops to the Russian winter (the worst winter in decades, unlucky for him), and then lost Waterloo subsequently, to say Waterloo was the culmination is false, France dominated the continent for a long time before that even. If Napoleons exile could be seen as an end point (and only a temporary exile the first time!), London certainly can't claim credit alone for that.
The piranha Wins (1 year ago)
Backpacker (1 year ago)
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FreddieHg37 (1 year ago)
Tenochtitlan is pronounced: tēh-no-sh-ti-tlahn; not: "tehnoshitlan". And, there are no jungles in central México, but pines forests, in fact, up to this day, Mexico City, former Tenochtitlan, is a muddy and lakewise área surrounded by a large mountain and volcanic system that substains large pine forests, rain forests, as well as huge snowy areas in the mountain chain area, natural areas which span throughout various mexican states, such as the states of México, Morelos, Puebla, Tlaxcala, Veracruz, Hidalgo, Tlaxcala, San Luis Potosí, Guanajuato and México City itself, which is still one of the biggest Metropolis in the world alongside places such as Tokaido area.
Gio Flynn (1 year ago)
Is this VSAUCE?
Ricardo Duarte (1 year ago)
Tenochtitlan best city ever
Blue Dude (1 year ago)
What about Timbuktu,kilwa,mogahidshu,rhapta,Benin city, ngazargamu, and etc.
Mesodium (1 year ago)
Richard Rabinowitz (1 year ago)
Marcelino Bitar (1 year ago)
What about Beyrout, Tyr, or Byblos in Lebanon!?
Shivankar m (1 year ago)
Why is djenne-djenno, sukhothai, Carthage, and Palmyra on this list? They were important cities but never so great that they were a "nexus" of the world. There were other cities that overshadowed these places in their own time.
May ur (1 year ago)
Only one Indian city. And none from Indus Saraswati civilization, the first urban civilization
Ethan Brogan (1 year ago)
London is the financial and world capital
Dude Augustus (1 year ago)
Djenne-Djenno lmao.
Ahmed Hafez (1 year ago)
I cant believe Baghdad, Cairo and Alexandria arent in that list... i feel their is usually a deliberate neglect for the Arab Empire in these videos -.-
SteliosE92 (1 year ago)
i find the lack of Athens disturbing
Jajao PT (1 year ago)
But new york isnt the center of the world. In the current world there isnt a city which is the capital
pansav15 (1 year ago)
Not even New York is the New York of these times
mrKreuzfeld (1 year ago)
I expected Babylon, or ninive, bagdad and moscow on the list.
The Deaf Mute (1 year ago)
I doubt about Moscow though - Moscow only became the powerful city after Charles of Sweden and it wasn't even on par with great cities of the time like London, Paris, Rome, Istanbul and Peking.
Noxtrin (1 year ago)
James Matthews (1 year ago)
In the early 3rd century A.D. the Roman Empire went through a long crisis while the Parthian Empire (which ruled Persia) was in terminal decline, creating a power vacuum that temporarily allowed Palmyra to dominate the region between them. But then the Sassanid Persians replaced the Parthians and Rome made a recovery to some extent, leaving Palmyra doomed. BTW, the man in your Persepolis mosaic isn't Darius the Great but a later Darius defeated by Alexander the Great.
Harry Peach (1 year ago)
what about babylon or kaifeng or suzhou?
can erdamar (1 year ago)
lol pekin_?
Gerson Ascencio (1 year ago)
What about Troy?
Tarek Essam (1 year ago)
very strange list and many of the cities had only very local influence and shouldn't be included here. On the other hand many cities that had mighty global influence like Baghdad, Beijing, Alexandria are missing! Dissapointing
Nie Nie 96 (1 year ago)
Seeing this channel is for facts I'm letting everyone know now THAT LONDON IS THE GREATEST CITY !!! New York is soo great its not the capital lool yeah not soo great after all loool
Rulesco101 (1 year ago)
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Ian Keel (1 year ago)
Tenochtitlan or Ten - ockt - o - lan I think think this is how is pronounced, my teacher was of Native American and Spanish decent and that’s how she pronounces it
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Luther Fong (1 year ago)
If your gonna add an Amerindian city then Cuzco is a much better city than the Aztec city because it had the same population but was at 11,000 feet in an empire with more people than the Spanish Empire. Not to mention that all the major trade routes in the Inca empire led to it and they were arguably more powerful than the aztecs
Srivatsa Garg (1 year ago)
The city of "pataliputra" (paat-lee-put-ra), modern day Patna, was also an important seat of Power in Ancient Indian history. It was at the suburbs of the city, where Gautama Buddha reached enlightenment, and propagated Buddhism
Allan Luna (1 year ago)
Tenochtitlan is/was in North America, NOT Central America.
taxol2 (1 year ago)
What kind of list is this? No memphis/thebes/babylon/chang an/athens/syracuse/troy, etc?
Daniel Moolman (1 year ago)
Ten o' sh*t lan?
Martin Ng (1 year ago)
No Chang'an?
Haharet Ret (1 year ago)
More like Dubai usurping NYC today
Basement Gamer (1 year ago)
am dranking beer
Alexander Gorbatschow (1 year ago)
Well Palmyra wasn't a world capital. It had only regional importance, while Rome was was the center.

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