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Largest Empires by Land Area

Enter the 20 largest empires that have ever existed.
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Last updated: March 30, 2012
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Land Area
Empire
33.7 million square kilometres
The British Empire
24.0 million square kilometres
Mongol Empire
22.8 million square kilometres
Russian Empire
20.0 million square kilometres
Spanish Empire
14.7 million square kilometres
Qing Dynasty, China
14.0 million square kilometres
Yuan Dynasty, China
13.0 million square kilometres
Second French Colonial Empire
11.1 million square kilometres
Abbasid Caliphate
11.0 million square kilometres
Tang Dynasty, China
10.4 million square kilometres
Portuguese Empire
Land Area
Empire
09.0 million square kilometres
Rashidun Caliphate
08.75 million square kilometres
Achaemenid Empire
08.5 million square kilometres
Empire of Brazil
08.1 million square kilometres
First French Colonial Empire
07.4 million square kilometres
Japanese Empire
06.5 million square kilometres
Ming Dynasty, China
06.5 million sqaure kilometres
Han Dynasty, China
06.5 million square kilometres
Roman Empire
06.4 million square kilometres
Nazi Germany
06.0 million square kilometres
Göktürk Khaganate
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level 28
Apr 19, 2012
Great quiz!
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level 77
Jan 10, 2013
Why does China work in place of Ming and Han Dynasty but not in place of Qing (where China got its name, after all), Yuan or Tan? That threw me off. Also, the Ummayid Caliphate was larger than either the Abbasid or Rashidun Caliphates. You include the latter two but not the former. The American Empire is officially 9.8 million square kilometers currently, and much larger if you count all the countries in their sphere of influence that they control more directly than, say, the 95% of Brazil that the Portuguese claimed as part of their empire but never directly controlled.