I can't guarantee this is correct,,but Spain was doing a great job of looting the Americas for al the silver and gold it could get. Portugal was running the 'Black Ships' in Asia, and Brazil was (still is) great source of silver, gold and precious jewels. Spain #1
Well I'm a History buff,,,very well read,,oh and I used to teach at the univ level. BTW,, England was a 'no show' in 1600, France pretty much the same.
I did not reference any history books,,, call it personal knowledge. Columbus sailed the oceans blue in 1492-- for Spain,, he came back 3-4 more times. By 1600 Spain controled all of SA but Brazil, controlled all of Mexico, all of what we now call Florida, and most of the Caribbean. they're finding sunken Spanish galleons (ships). For more specific info google: spain/1600/economic wealth.
Wasn't England at war with France then' Btw spain tried to loot everyone!!
China used to be front runners for the title of "richest country".
India's share of world GDP is given as slightly more than a quarter in
the year 1000, and slightly less than a quarter between 1500 and 1700.
GDP in millions of dollars
Year 1000 1500 1600 1700
India 33 750 60 500 74 250 90 750
China 26 550 61 800 96 000 82 800
Western Europe 10 165 44 345 65 955 83 395
World Total 116 790 247 116 329 417 371 369
GDP in 1700 ?? Er gee the science of Economics hadn't been even invented by then. Any economic data re Asia is at best a wild guess until at least 1900. Europe did keep 'books',,, but there was no concept of 'gross domestic product' 500 yrs ago. However silver and gold were/are easily weighed.
well you tell that to the author http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/9264186085/qid=1103094189/sr=8-2/ref=pd_csp_2/002-2342753-2114465?v=glance&s=books&n=507846
historically it seems more likely than India.
India was the richest country in the world until the 1800's
Ummm google richest country in 1512
At that time, England and Spain and to a lessor degree Holland and France were the major players. As time progressed England became Top Dog. By 1900 Spain had lost most of it's posessions and England followed suit by 1970. That information is based on the history books I have read but, can be verified with a Google click.
In the 15 hundreds, spending a day in London was like spending a day in hell. What a miserable life the commoners lived.
It your homework. You look it up. Google could get you the answer in minutes.
you just have to pick your criteria and back it up with research. It's not like there is one way measure and compare countries completely objectively and it's not like you can get real accurate accounts across the centuries for most countries
I'm not doing your school work for you.