European Global Village
On the Isle of Crete, pictured above, is where the European Global Village started. Even though during the neolithic period populations began migrating westward from Asia by 5,000 BC, Europe’s earliest cultural influences are from the Isle of Crete around 2,800 BC. The cultural hearth of Crete origin had social and technological advances, which lasted nearly 2,000 years.
The lightest color on the adjacent map depicts the areas that make up the European Global Village. Greenland across the Atlantic is also part of this culture region. Click on the regional map for a larger view.
Below the Isle of Crete map is the PBS video highlighting The Greatest Cities of Europe.
You will be surprised at some of the historical and cultural roots in this Global Village.