Biggest Cities once in the Spanish Empire

Name the most populous modern-day urban areas whose territory was once part of the Spanish Empire.
Not including Portuguese territories during the Iberian Union
Urban-area population according to citypopulation.de, January 2019
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Last updated: February 14, 2019
First submittedJanuary 29, 2016
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Population
City
25.2 m
Manila
22.8 m
Mexico City
17.8 m
Los Angeles
16.3 m
Buenos Aires
9.90 m
Lima
9.80 m
Bogota
7.85 m
San Francisco
7.20 m
Santiago
Population
City
7.10 m
Dallas
6.60 m
Houston
6.45 m
Madrid
6.35 m
Miami
5.25 m
Guadalajara
5.20 m
Milan
4.93 m
Monterrey
4.73 m
Barcelona
Population
City
4.58 m
Phoenix
4.30 m
Tampa
4.23 m
Naples
3.95 m
Medellín
3.90 m
Santo Domingo
3.78 m
Caracas
3.70 m
Denver
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Level 83
Jan 30, 2016
Good quiz. Didn't know Spain had control of Italy at one point.
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Level ∞
Jan 30, 2016
Just parts of Italy...
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Level 85
Feb 2, 2016
That was news to me as well.
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Level 72
Feb 8, 2016
I knew about the Kingdom of Naples, but I'm very surprised about Milan.
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Level 50
Sep 9, 2016
Amsterdam and Brussels would have also counted if they weren't so small.
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Level 58
Feb 4, 2017
the kingdom of naples (including Sardinia and Sicily, territories they inherited through Aragon) and later the duchy of Lombardia (with Milan).

The Spanish infamously also sacked Rome but didn't take the city for themselves.

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Level 74
Feb 5, 2016
Isn't Barcelona STILL part of Spain?
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Level 47
Feb 14, 2016
Yes it is, what's your point?
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Level 35
May 12, 2016
Strangely, so is Madrid...
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Level 67
Mar 17, 2016
wow, denver. I didn't realize that Spain held territory in north america that far north. I knew they held parts of California and Texas and Florida, but didn't think it went much further north though.
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Level 70
May 12, 2016
Yes... somewhere on the Internet there is a meme floating around of "we will pay for Donald Trump's wall as long as it reflects the correct border" and Mexico had a HUGE chunk of the Mountain West.
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Level 38
May 13, 2016
That's different cockybra, it does make sense in a way, they were forced to sell, way different than the Russians selling it willingly.
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Level 58
May 19, 2016
Maybe the fact that it's a meme and not a serious political proposal is also a clue to it not being serious, cockybra...
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Level 47
Oct 23, 2016
+cockybra We actually did go to war over the Texas area, and then we forced them to sell the rest of what is now the American southwest to us. One of the 5 actual wars the USA declared.
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Level 70
Aug 2, 2017
Spain did not get it's territory by peaceful means anyway, mass slaughter in most cases.
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Level 49
May 20, 2020
I just went for the states with Spanish names, California, Arizona, new Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Nevada, Montana, Florida, but as others indicated the whole Louisiana purchase could also be included.
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Level 86
May 14, 2016
Spain held territory around Denver on maps only, the Arapahoe held Denver during that time.
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Level 55
May 20, 2016
The whole area of the later Louisiana Purchase had been Spanish between 1762 and 1802.
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Level 71
May 12, 2016
Milan and Denver were really surprising
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Level 79
May 12, 2016
Surprised that San Diego and Las Vegas didn't make the list. I just started typing in Florida cities and that's how I got Naples.
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Level 81
Apr 16, 2019
San Diego and Tijuana combined, as under old Spanish borders, would have 5 million people.
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Level 35
May 12, 2016
This sucks. I only got three AND I MISSED THE CITY WHERE I LIVE!!!
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Level 41
Apr 16, 2019
Same, though I got ten
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Level 62
May 13, 2016
Well I got Tampa but missed Buenos Aires...
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Level 36
May 15, 2016
Amsterdam and Brussels were also part of the Spanish Empire under Charles V and Philip II.
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Level 45
Apr 7, 2020
Debatable, it was part of the Hapsburg Empire, which also consisted of the HRE and Austria. And both cities aren't really big enough to be on the list. and Tampa is apparently?
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Level 36
May 15, 2016
Oops--but they don't meet the population threshold of the quiz.
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Level 37
Jun 5, 2016
Haha, I forgot about cities in Spain itself.
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Level 32
Jul 15, 2016
I missed Phoenix, Tampa, Denver and Monterrey, I'm kind of embarassed about that last one. I always forget Monterrey exists.
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Level 74
Nov 18, 2016
What about Amsterdam and Brussels as part of the Spanish Netherlands?
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Level 55
Jun 20, 2020
Had the same thought, but Amsterdam has only around 800k population and Brussels only less than 200k.
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Level 79
Jan 14, 2017
"Once part of the Spanish Empire" really doesn't imply "but still part of Spain". I call bs on Madrid and Barcelona.
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Level 67
Apr 16, 2019
Well, the empire doesn't exist anymore, so therefore it's correct to say that they were part of the Spanish Empire.
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Level 80
Apr 16, 2019
was Spain not a part of the Spanish Empire?
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Level 67
Mar 8, 2020
you call bs?? That is a really odd way of putting things. Now if you said I dont think it should be included, (because...) or something, ok. But calling bs is not when you simply disagree with something. I it when you don't believe it or question what someone else is claiming.

Like when someone says there was an camel in my frontyard, you can call bullshit (seems like an odd claim but it actually happened a few houses away from me, they were kept on a field nearby belonging to the circus that was there)...they decided to go for a stroll and were eating his garden that was 3 years ago. I remember the same thing happened or or 2 years before/after with another animal I think, but cant find any info besides the camel incident)

Or when you say, I ve been to 160 countries, or when you say I can eat 5 pizzas in 15 minutes.

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Level 67
Mar 8, 2020
Maybe the other case I remember they werent really on the loose. Just not totally under control during one of their regular accompanied walks. I remember personally seeing an animal having a go at someones garden on the corner, and they were accompanied with keepers I believe, but well, tasty stuff..
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Level 55
Feb 4, 2017
how in the name of god the almighty did i forget spain controlled florida HOW DID I FORGET SUCH A SIMPLE CONCEPT
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Level 47
Jun 8, 2017
Completely forgot about the occupation of southern modern USA.
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Level 44
Jan 9, 2018
forgot about cities in Spain lol
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Level 47
Oct 30, 2018
Spain controlled Louisiana from 1762 to 1802.
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Level ∞
Feb 14, 2019
Neither New Orleans nor Saint Louis are large enough to qualify for this quiz.
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Level 47
Jan 6, 2020
What threshold did you use ? 2m or 3m (2 would make Kansas City pass) ? Wasn't Minneapolis part of the Louisiana Purchase territory gain too ?
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Level 67
Mar 8, 2020
looks like 3,5 since the first is 3,7. Perhaps 3 but 2 seems much too low, I think that would make the list expand by more than one.
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Level 39
Nov 10, 2020
Wasn't chicago part of louisiana as well???
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Level 28
Mar 5, 2019
What about Brussels and Amsterdam? The Spanish Netherlands.
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Level 73
Apr 16, 2019
They´ve got far less than 3 Mio inhabitants.
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Level 45
Apr 7, 2020
Amsterdam has around 900.000 inhabitants, Brussel is a difficult one but defenitely not enough people. It's even debatable if Brussel is the biggest city in Belgium or if it's Antwerp. It's a bit like: Is Forth Worth part of Dallas or not when talking about inhabitants?
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Level 33
Apr 16, 2019
Mexico has bigger population than Manila
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Level 41
Apr 16, 2019
huh, I never realized Denver had a bigger population than Amsterdam or Brussels
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Level 67
Mar 8, 2020
The municipality of Amsterdam has a bigger population than Denver (741,636 vs 682,545 source worldometer realtime population). (Brussels is bigger than both)

This quiz however uses the urban area or agglomeration according to citypopulation.de Each country defines this differently though. So it is hard to properly compare.

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Level 45
Apr 7, 2020
No really accurate, the municipality of Amsterdam has 872.000 inhabitants according to themselves. If it's the urban area it's even harder to determine where it ends, but it sits at roughly 2.4 million people for Amsterdam, but it could also be said that Utrecht, Den Haag and Rotterdam are all part of the same urban area, and in that case it would be somewhere between 4.5 and 8.2 million inhabitants, it's quite loosely defined. Not sure about the others though.
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Level 45
May 2, 2020
I forgot about Texas... I spent all of elementary school there, where they retaught the same Texas history course and I still forgot it... oh boy quarantine is making me real stupid haha
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Level 56
May 23, 2020
Taipei was once in the Spanish Empire during 1626-1642.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_Formosa

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Level 21
Aug 2, 2020
totally forgot it meant metro area and so once quezon city didn't work i didn't bother trying manila dammit
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Level 72
Sep 14, 2020
Puzzled European here . On nearly all USA population quizzes San Antonio and San Diego are above San Francisco yet neither appear here ????.