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Colonies

For each selected colony or territory, name the country that controlled it.
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Last updated: November 01, 2018
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Colony
Dates
Mother Country
Hong Kong
1842-1997
United Kingdom
Brazil
1532-1825
Portugal
Congo
1908-1960
Belgium
----- East Indies
1603-1949
Netherlands
Haiti
1697-1804
France
Alaska
1784-1867
Russia
Philippines
1565-1898
Spain
Philippines
1898-1946
United States
Korea
1910-1945
Japan
Virginia
1607-1776
Great Britain
Guam
1898-
United States
Colony
Dates
Mother Country
Guatemala
1609-1821
Spain
Suriname
1667-1975
Netherlands
Kamerun
1884-1919
Germany
Southern Rhodesia
1889-1953
United Kingdom
Libya
1912-1947
Italy
Macao
1557-1999
Portugal
Iceland
1380-1944
Denmark
Carthage
814-650 BC
Phoenicia (Tyre)
New South Wales
1788-1901
United Kingdom
Acadia
1604-1713
France
Saint Barthélemy
1784-1878
Sweden
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level 75
Mar 31, 2013
Fun quiz. Got all of them pretty quickly down to the last two, then I just had to guess. but ended with 100%.
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level 58
Aug 29, 2015
How on earth do you 'guess' Sweden for the last one? It's about the most un-Swedish name there is!
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level 59
Aug 29, 2015
There are only a very limited number of European countries that existed back then that could have had colonies. I just guessed all of them. Sweden was the last one I could think of.
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level 75
Aug 30, 2015
yeah, basically. I guessed several other countries first.
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level 51
Dec 5, 2017
Among fellow Scandinavians (I'm a Dane) this is actually quite widely known. Because of a very small joke: even under French sovereignty the island has maintained the capital's name as "Gustavia". Named in honour of King Gustav - the most Swedish of all royal names.
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level 58
Dec 5, 2017
I've heard sometime that Sweden used to have something in the Caribbean.
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level 64
Jun 11, 2013
I didn't knwo Sweden ever had a colony! I thought they were too busy ordering the Norwegians around.
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level 13
Jun 26, 2013
Supposedly the first settlers of the Americas were from Scandinavia.
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level 59
Apr 17, 2017
Supposedly there were people settled in the Americas before the Europeans arrived.
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level 44
Apr 17, 2017
Snap snix, you tell em!
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level 47
Dec 5, 2017
there are pieces of wood, minerals, plants found in Peru and Chile that may come from Japan or even India. May from wind currents, probably on ships.
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level 21
Jan 31, 2019
In Theories, Americas were colonized by The west (Asia) and the East (Europe) during the frozen age (the big one).
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level 32
Sep 4, 2013
yea the swedish empire
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level 42
Feb 28, 2014
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swedish_colonial_empire
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level 40
Jan 5, 2015
There's also a large (for the region) amount of Finns in the U.P of Michigan and North-East Wisconsin
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level 38
Oct 13, 2016
People please: A large NUMBER of people, not a large AMOUNT of people.
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level 63
Dec 5, 2017
Divantilya: Thank you for your constructive feedback and educating us on your language. We appreciate all efforts to improve our vocabulary and use of phrases for our 2nd, 3rd or 4th languages. If only all users could be so considerate
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level 67
Aug 30, 2018
@divantilya Are those acronyms?
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level 73
Jan 30, 2019
numerical units must be explicitly referenced; aggregated mass of un-numbered things
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level 32
Dec 7, 2013
So the Phoenicians founded Carthage? On another note, this may be the first time that my very last guess has worked. 0:01 to go with the box showing 100% is almost screenshot-worthy. :P
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level 35
Nov 7, 2015
Yes they did, along with many other cities in the Mediterranean
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level 18
Apr 23, 2014
100%, 3:10 sec left,good :)
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level 55
May 15, 2014
That was really quite difficult! I only got 13!
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level 58
Aug 6, 2015
Since there is Carthage, you could add ancient roman or greek colonies and many more historic ones!
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level 68
Aug 29, 2015
I never actually knew Germany managed to colonise Africa at all. I thought it was just Britain, France, Italy, Portugal, Belgium and the Netherlands
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level 77
Aug 29, 2015
Yes, they had a few colonies, like Tanzania. That's why there was some fighting in Africa during WWI. Anyway, the French and British empires were ridiculously big, which is, in my opinion, the main cause of the war... ironically, the German wanted more and they lost everything in 1919...
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level 55
Aug 29, 2015
Apart from those and Germany, there was also Spain. The Netherlands on the other hand were already out of Africa before the main colonizing period started in the late 19th century.
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level 56
Aug 29, 2015
i had seconds left and kept misspelling italy (just guessing). too bad i couldn't get it right...
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level 46
Aug 31, 2015
Very nice quiz. Didn't get a few of them (St. Bart's, Carthage) but I learned a little something too.
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level 32
Apr 8, 2017
Is Kamerun supposed to be Cameroon?
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level 45
Apr 17, 2017
It's the german spelling
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level 65
Apr 17, 2017
"Mother Country" is quite offensive. "Colonizer" is more accurate.
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level 51
Mar 6, 2019
Definition of 'mother country' according to Oxford English Dictionary - a country in relation to its colonies: Australia sent the flower of its youth to defend the mother country's interests.
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level 38
Apr 17, 2017
I do apologize if I offended any non-native English speakers (which I obviously have) with my comment about "NUMBER of" ... (people) rather than "Amount of..." (people). That was not my intent, but it was my fault for not first checking the name. My comment was directed to native English speakers who are just too careless to use the proper phraseology. My pet peeves are the above: "Number v. Amount" and the use of the word "Floor", when speaking of the sidewalk or walkway, for which the proper terminology is "ground". Again, this was not intended for English as a second-language speakers, of which I am one as well.
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level 70
Sep 19, 2017
FWIW, that's what I understood the intent of you comment to be. And I appreciated what you pointed out. I always prefer to know more rather than less. Except when it comes to anything having to do with Harry Potter, of course. :-)
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level 67
Aug 30, 2018
Who uses "floor" to mean sidewalk or walkway?
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level 77
Nov 28, 2018
I've never heard of a sidewalk being called anything but a sidewalk. A sidewalk or walkway is what keeps you from walking on the ground. A path on the other hand is most often on the ground (or a way through a crowded room). A floor is part of a building: ground floor, dance floor, senate floor, third floor. The ground is the earth/dirt.
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level 38
Dec 15, 2018
Just one of many instances; Listening to the TV news earlier tonight, I heard an eyewitness describe a scene in this way: "He ran out of the building holding his side and fell to the floor over there by the hydrant".
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level 52
Nov 27, 2017
Phoenicia is a bit unfair.
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level 56
Dec 5, 2017
Why?
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level 52
Dec 5, 2017
All the others are still countries, Phoenicia arguably never was (being rather a collection of city-states that were never very unified).
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level 75
Dec 5, 2017
It's the obvious answer.
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level 52
Dec 7, 2017
Really? Is it? I think at least there should be a note that 'some of these countries no longer exist'.
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level 72
Dec 7, 2017
You have a location and time period, with that you either know or don't who was in Carthage at the time.
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level 75
Dec 8, 2017
Yes. Really. What did you guess instead? Lebanon?
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level 75
Aug 29, 2018
P.S. if at any point in the future you see an answer from 800 BC: not a single modern-day country in the world existed then, though ancient civilizations we call Egypt and China were around at the time, they have basically nothing to do with the modern states by the same names. And those are the only two.
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level 67
Aug 30, 2018
Maybe you thought it was South Sudan? (JetPunk nerd humor)
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level 49
Dec 5, 2017
Nice quiz. I would just highly suggest to specify that the Congo is the Congo Free State. I think it would be unambiguously then, because there used to be a different French Congo.
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level 37
Dec 5, 2017
St. Barthelemy was French from 1648 to 1783 and was then exchanged to the Swedish in 1784, then it was sold back to France in 1878 and is now an Overseas Collective of France.
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level 48
Dec 19, 2017
Can Lebanon (maybe also Israel) be considered as type-in for Phoenicia?
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level 53
Aug 29, 2018
Lebanon was part of Phoenicia, so was Israel. You might as well ask to accept Arkansas of for a type-in for America colonizing Guam.
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level 67
Aug 30, 2018
Guam has a WalMart, so yes, technically they have been colonized by Arkansas, although not within the full dates given.
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level 39
Jun 16, 2018
...seems like a lot of guesswork going on in this quiz...helps to be on the internet, i suppose...
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level 45
Aug 29, 2018
"Mother country" sounds almost like an endearing term for a nation that exploits the native population and steals its resources in some twisted excuse of ushering "civilisation".
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level 38
Aug 30, 2018
Especially since the "civilization" which they usher in is often more barbaric than that which they supplant.
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level 45
Mar 6, 2019
But mother country is the term that is typically used. I can't think of another that fits there.
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