We should start off by saying that the word ‘big’ in this context doesn’t refer to how large these empires were, but to how important they are to this day from a historical perspective. Also, from a cultural standpoint, we are hearing the echoes of mankind’s greatest empires every single day, the industrial revolutions they started, and the progress humanity made under their protection.
Nowadays, the world isn’t dominated by empires anymore. These days, multinational corporations dictate pretty much everything, not according to a political agenda, but as patrons of currency and influence worldwide. Let us, therefore, reminisce about older times, while gazing at the might of mankind’s greatest empires.
10The Mayan Empire, 2000 BCE – 1540 CE
The Mayan Empire is the longest standing empire in the history of mankind. In total, the Mayans held their empire together for almost 3500 years, which is two times more than the Roman Empire. Even though we don’t know much about the first 3,000 years of its existence, we know precisely how it ended. Sometime during the 16th century, the Spanish starting colonizing the New World, but not before killing everything and everybody in their path, including the unfortunate Mayans, thus ending this 3,500 year-old empire.