Okay, so I am a week late. Sorry, but things have been a bit nuts as the holidays get closer. I am hoping to put at least one more blog up before Christmas and then I think I will probably break until the new year. So this blog is about ten oldest cities. They are not the 10 oldest cities, but they are 10 old cities. While I was researching for this blog I found out that it is not very clear what the oldest city anywhere is. I cannot believe that no one knows for sure what the oldest city in the world is. That just seems like something that should be known. Anyways, there are also different ways of measuring what the oldest city is. You can measure it by when it was first founded (that will find you the "oldest city") or by when it was first and continually occupied (that will find you the "oldest continually occupied city"). I have decided to go with the latter of the two. So then, the 10 cities you find below are the oldest continually occupied cities in the specified regions of the world. Oh, and by the way, the cities have links to more information about them when you click on them.
Oldest city in Texas: Nacogdoches
There were several cities that claimed to be the oldest cities in Texas, but after a little more digging I found out that they were not nearly as old as Nacogdoches. El Paso was one of those that claimed to be the oldest, but I could not find that it was older than Nacogdoches. There was one site that claimed San Antonio was the oldest city in Texas, but it was not nearly old enough to be the oldest. I settled on Nacogdoches as the oldest continually occupied city in Texas.
Oldest city in the USA: St. Augustine, FL
That is the oldest European occupied city. Nearly every site I found says that St. Augustine is the oldest continually occupied city in the USA. Jamestown is the oldest English occupied city. San Juan in Puerto Rico is the oldest city under US jurisdiction, but I would not consider it a part of the United States. The oldest continually occupied city is Acoma, New Mexico started in 700 AD but evidence says it was not continually occupied until 1150 AD by Native Americans. Childersberg, AL says that they are the oldest city because they were occupied by Indians, but it was a village, so I am sticking with St. Augustine. I think the main decision is between St. Augustine and Acoma, but because of Eurocentrism I think people mainly choose St. Augustine , FL even though Acoma existed long before St. Augustine did.
Oldest city in North America: Acoma, New Mexico
I found one site that claims Mexico City is probably the oldest city in North America, but it says it was founded in about 1325 which makes Acoma older. Also, it does not say anything about being continually occupied from then on. St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada was settled in 1528, and claims to be the oldest European-settled city in North America. See above for more information on Acoma.
Oldest city in South America: Cuzco, Peru
This 3000 year old city was settled, then occupied by various Indian tribes throughout the next two thousand years, until the arrival of the Inca civilization. Cuszco is recognized as the oldest continually occupied town in the Western Hemisphere.
Oldest city in western hemisphere: Cuzco, Peru
I found claims that Cadiz, Andalucia was the oldest continually occupied city in the west. But after doing more research I found that it wasn't continually occupied until the 16th century.
Oldest city in Asia: Chiang Mai
According to historians, King Mengrai, the first fully documented Lanna ruler, founded Chiang Mai on Thursday, 12th April 1296. Luang Prabang also claims to be China's oldest continually occupied city. Luang Prabang's recorded history begins in the fourteenth century, when it became the original capital of Lan Xang (Kingdom of a Thousand Elephants). If Damascus is a part of Asia Minor then that would be the oldest city, since it is considered the oldest city in the world.
Amsterdam was established as a fishing village in the 13th century and has continued as a city ever since. I did not find anything else about any other cities in Europe being the oldest continually occupied cities.
Oldest city in Africa: not available
Oldest city in Australia: not available
I did not find anywhere on the world wide web anyone that claims the oldest continually occupied cities in Africa or Australia. How weird is that? I did find that Cape Town claims to be the oldest city in South Africa, but that was the only claim I found anywhere. It does not claim to be the oldest continually occupied city in South Africa, just the oldest city.
Oldest city in the world: Damascus
Benaras is a holy Hindu city based on the banks of river Ganges claiming to be the oldest continually inhabited city in the world, but I believe that Damascus is the oldest continually occupied city. Jericho also claims to be the oldest city in the world, but it does not go back as old as Damascus. I found different information about when Damascus, Benaras and Jericho started being occupied, but Damascus claimed the oldest dates.