Europe is the second-smallest continent of the world and yet the third most populated one which alone speaks volumes of its significance in the context of modern civilization. As some of the most magnificent civilizations man has ever produced, Europe is the proud home to the Greek civilization and Roman empire who made an almost unparalleled contribution to the world of art, literature, philosophy, politics and law. Overcome with an urge to dispel the ignorance of dark ages with the light of knowledge, great explorers and pioneers took off from this great continent to explore unknown parts of the world which literally set the stage for redrawing the world history. Exploration gave rise to development of trade routes which made way for a worldwide colonial era in due course of time. In this period, Europe came to play an immensely important role in shaping the course of world history.The outline Map of Europe
on this page clearly defines the geographical and political boundaries of the continent. The political boundaries of various countries in the continent are also marked on the map.