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The Americas Geography by Letter - D

Guess these North and South American geographical answers that start with the letter D.
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Last updated: November 16, 2017
First submittedAugust 25, 2014
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Clue
Answer
Major Texas city
Dallas
Half of Hispaniola
Dominican Republic
Atacama or Mojave, for example
Desert
"The Mile-High City"
Denver
City known as "Motown"
Detroit
Official language of Suriname
Dutch
The first U.S. state
Delaware
Ohio city where Balkan
peace accords were signed
Dayton
Greenland is part of this
European kingdom
Denmark
Clue
Answer
Lowest and hottest place in the U.S.
Death Valley
Mountainous state of Central Mexico
Durango
Klondike gold rush city
Dawson
Formerly known as Mt. McKinley
Denali
City in North Carolina's Research Triangle
Durham
Body of water south of Cape Horn -
named for an English captain
Drake Passage
The biggest city in Iowa
Des Moines
You can't drive between North and South
America because of this swampy area
Darién Gap
Minnesota city on Lake Superior
Duluth
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level ∞
Nov 14, 2017
I reset the comment section, which was mostly complaints about this quiz being too U.S.-centric. But there were also some helpful suggestions about how to make it less so. I was able to replace five questions. If you still don't like it, sorry. I tried my best.
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level ∞
Nov 14, 2017
p.s. Thank you to everyone who made suggestions!
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level 77
May 5, 2018
Too non-US-centric
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level 56
May 5, 2018
lol!!! BTW, this quiz is really good
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level 70
May 30, 2018
Questions that involve Dutch, the Balkans and Denmark? Too Eurocentric.
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level 67
Nov 14, 2017
wow. i must be the first person to take this quiz after the QM reset it. i got 17/18 right which beat or exceeded 0% of those who took the quiz. missed the darien gap question.
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level 66
Nov 14, 2017
Darien gap is really interesting -- lots of youtube videos on it. Apparently it's not only extremely swampy and overgrown but also filled with violent gansters and drug lords. It's not only prohibitively expensive but also too dangerous for anybody to build a road through it. Thus North and South America won't be connected by road any time in the near future.
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level 70
Nov 14, 2017
"of this" needs to be removed from the Denmark clue
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level 71
Nov 15, 2017
Yep, Quizmaster, you have an extra "of this" :-)
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level ∞
Nov 16, 2017
Fixed
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level 82
Nov 15, 2017
Couldn't think of "Des Moines" when it clearly starts with an M. You can't count "des" like an article, can you? Does "The Gambia" belong with the Ts or the Gs? Or the Dutch (and other) surnames where you got someone van/von something. Catherine of Aragorn, is her surname Of Aragorn? or just Aragorn? Language is hard.
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level 78
Nov 15, 2017
I don't remember Catherine of Aragorn from the Lord of the Rings. Was she in the extended features on the DVD?
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level 70
Nov 17, 2017
Catherine of Aragon's surname was "Aragon". "Of" was her middle name.
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level 73
Jul 13, 2018
I always thought Catherine was her official title and of was her first name
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level 74
Nov 15, 2017
As an English place name it's not an article any more, I don't see any problem here. It's not pronounced the French way either.
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level 80
Nov 15, 2017
Life long Des Moines resident here! We pronounce it like "DUH MOYNS," instead of the French pronunciation which would be more like "DEH MWAN." It, for all intents and purposes, appears to be from the French for "some monks" but the etymology is a bit hazy. It's actually such a running joke in the area that a popular local screen printing company, RAY GUN, sells T-shirts that read " Des Moines: French for the Moines." So despite being an article in French, it's definitely an indispensable part of the city name. Hope that helps clear up any confusion!
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level 76
May 30, 2018
I was always, always, taught that your city is pronounced without the "s" at the end - "duh moyn". This old dog learned something new today. Thanks.
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level 73
Nov 15, 2017
Does „El Salvador“ start with an E or an S? Personally, I wouldnt have thought of Des Moines if it was stored under M. Same with Los Angeles or Las Vegas.
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level 59
Nov 23, 2017
Aragón is not a surname, it just means she was form the Reign of Aragón. Her father was King Fernando.
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level 54
May 30, 2018
No, her father was Ferdinand II of Aragon. Her mother was Isabella I of Castile. Note they have the same middle name - "of", which they also passed to their daughter. ;)
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level 38
Aug 17, 2018
The rules differ in English (as usual). The name "van der Bilt", for example, would be listed under "B" in Dutch, while In English, it is automatically changed to Vanderbilt and listed under "V". I can't speak about Des Moines, since I'm not sure how it was originally written.
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level 67
Nov 16, 2017
Got all of the first ten, then two of the last eight. Face palmed on forgetting Des Moines, the other five are tougher.
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level 70
Nov 17, 2017
JetPunk's awesomeness strikes again! Never knew about the Darien Gap. Just looked it up and learned a lot from the Wiki page. Adorable picture of a little Embera girl too.
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level 76
May 30, 2018
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level 75
Nov 20, 2017
Sad.
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level 74
Nov 23, 2017
Donald, is that you?
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level 64
Jan 22, 2018
Is it fair to ask what Denmark and Greenland have to do with the Americas?
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level 83
Feb 15, 2018
Would you be happier if the question were about French Guiana and France? Both are an area of the Americas belonging to a Europe-based nation.
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level 44
May 30, 2018
No. Denmark owns Greenland, Greenland is part of North America.
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level 48
Mar 25, 2018
More like USA geography by letter D...
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level 80
Apr 26, 2018
So the QM resets the quiz comments and swaps out questions to make it less US-centric, and still people complain. Just can't win I guess. Unless you take the time to learn the ones you don't know instead of complaining about it, then you can win.
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level 62
May 30, 2019
It's not about not knowing the answers, it's about a whole continent being much more than the navel-gazing US. Also, 10.5/18 questions makes it still pretty US centric, even if the previous version was worse.
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level 77
Oct 3, 2019
The quiz is fine. There aren't that many countries in the Americas and most of them are tiny.
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level 77
May 2, 2018
The Ticket to Ride board is proof positive that Duluth is not on Lake Superior.
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level 79
May 30, 2018
Wow. Never played Ticket to Ride with the U.S. board before, but just googled it. That's . . . that's an interesting spot for "Duluth."
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level 64
May 5, 2018
Wow, this was even more UScentric than I expected
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level 72
May 30, 2018
Dominican Republic is more like 7/11ths of Hispaniola.
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level 65
Jun 1, 2018
There always has to be at least one...
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level 65
Jun 1, 2018
It is really more like 48315/76192 of Hispanola, but who's counting?
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level 46
Nov 3, 2018
To make it simple, more like 2/3rds.
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level 75
May 30, 2018
What? No Dumas for major Texas city?
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level 44
May 30, 2018
Dumas, Texas has 15,000 people, and is also the biggest Dumas in the Americas, so you obviously didn't mistake it for another.
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level 38
Aug 17, 2018
Excellent quiz. I have lived in Latin America for a good part of my adult life and never heard of the Darien Gap. I knew that you couldn't drive from the USA to South America, but never knew why (thought that it had to do with the bandits that trafficked in the area). Thank you, Quiz Master!
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level 51
May 31, 2019
Motor Town is a better nickname for Detroit 😂😂