Amazing images of London show the city's evolution over nearly 2,000 years

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London in the 19th century

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London in the 19th century.

Like all living things, cities have lifespans.

London started as a small Roman settlement along the Thames River. But today, more than 8.6 million people call the place home.

Here are 15 maps, paintings, and old-time photographs that show the journey of the British capital.

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