- Total population in 1750 is far less than Europe's - say about 40 million as opposed to about 120 million for Europe.
- Our seed European population in the 1170s is a couple of thousand, of which only a couple of hundred are nobility..
- but including a wide range of trades and skills. Clearly, their original plan included some aspect of colonization.
- and aware of iron production and three-crop rotation.
- There is a base population on the island; exactly the size I will have to work out
- Bronze age technology
- but superlative sanitation in their near-abandoned ancient cities.
- and major domestic animals along with the rest of the fertile crescent crop package, especially wheat.
- The local nobility is rapidly displaced (and merged) with the European
- agricultural yields go up with improved crop rotation and iron-shod plows.
- the excellent sanitation is adopted with enthusiasm by the Europeans
- leading to a burst of population growth, although probably still with a preindustrial population curve.
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Population, Pre-History, and a Lost Continent
Just playing with a few ideas: