You know, even when we have already had certain parts of history ingrained in our minds, it’s still sometimes hard to really accept how incredibly brutal we – human beings as a whole – have been throughout our relatively short existence. Yes, we have war, ruthless dictators and unspeakable acts of horror in this modern age, but it’s still the most peaceful period in mankind’s existence.
This was a good refresher for me because I am so out of touch with history at this point in my life that hearing the names Hernán Cortés and Montezuma bring up Neil Young songs and diarrhea in my mind – not the inevitable destruction of an entire civilization.
This video breaks down history’s greatest conquerors by the amount of land they amassed.
- Genghis Khan (1162-1227) 4,860,000 mi²
- Alexander the Great (356-323 BC) 2,180,000 mi²
- Timur (~1336-1405) 2,145,000 mi²
- Cyrus the Great (~600-529 BC) 2,090,000 mi²
- Attila (~406-453) 1,450,000 mi²
- Adolf Hitler (1889-1945) 1,370,000 mi²
- Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) 720,000 mi²
- Mahm?d of Ghazni (~971-1030) 680,000 mi
- Francisco Pizarro (~1470-1541) 480,000 mi²
- Hernán Cortés (1485-1547) 315,000 mi²
Source: The Daily Conversation