Largest empires by land area for context the total land area of the earth is 148940000 km 2 57506000 sq mi empires at their greatest extent empire size in this list is defined as the dry land area it controls. The portuguese empire was the first global empire in history as well as the longest lived modern european colonial empires the empire began with the capture of ceuta in 1415 and ended in 1999 . Top 10 greatest empires in history freikorptrasher june 22 2010 share 1k stumble 96k tweet pin 521 the empire was forged by cyrus the great and spanned three continents asia africa and europe 7 the british empire was known as the largest empire in history as it covered more than 13000000 square miles which is . British empire british empire a worldwide system of dependencies colonies protectorates and other territories that over a span of some three centuries was brought under the sovereignty of the crown of great britain and the administration of the british government learn more about the british empire in this article
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