Population by Continent Over Time

Throughout written history, Asia has been by far the most populous continent. However, explosive growth in Africa may change that by the end of the 21st century.
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Notes:
Sources: 1, 2
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level ∞
Jul 6, 2018
Note: This is a logarithmic scale. On a normal scale, the lines look practically vertical after the year 1900.
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level 33
Jul 9, 2018
Could you maybe make one that is not logarithmic that maybe could end at the beginning of the 1900s, before the most extreme population growth? It'd be interesting to see how it would look without distortion
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level 64
Jul 23, 2018
Can you give a little love to Oceania :(
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level 64
Jul 23, 2018
I didn't know that 20 years ago population of Americas was bigger than Africa and now Africa has more than 200 million people than the first.
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level 56
Nov 13, 2019
The scariest thing about this chart is the huge drop in population in the Americas between 1500 and 1600. Nothing communicates the brutality of colonization better than population loss.
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level 56
Nov 13, 2019
I also find the population boom in the Americas between 1820 and 1913 interesting
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level 76
Nov 17, 2019
Well, this coincides with the ending of the several Independence Wars through the formerly Spanish and Portuguese domains.
And while there were internal and external wars (almost every country had civil or partisan-related wars), during peacetime almost every country managed to thrive and have their population grown.
Of course, after 1913 came World War One and the Great Depression; the Mexican Revolution entered its most destructive phase; Peru and Chile saw guano and natural nitrate got devalued and replaced by chemical nitrate... Several things that made a dent (but in fact didn't halt) in population growth.
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level 56
Nov 17, 2019
I'm guessing that the United States also drove a lot of the growth because of industrialization and mass immigration in the late 1800s and early 1900s.