Geography of the Dutch Empire

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What country was formerly known as the Dutch East Indies?
Indonesia
What, primarily, did the Dutch East India Company import into Europe?
Spices
What African country has the most people of Dutch descent?
South Africa
What Dutch-derived language is an official language of that country today?
Afrikaans
What word, meaning "farmer", was commonly used to refer to Dutch settlers in that country?
Boer
What are the names of the ABC islands in the Caribbean?
A
Aruba
B
Bonaire
C
Curaçao
What island country was known as Dutch Ceylon between 1640-1796?
Sri Lanka
What country in South America speaks Dutch?
Suriname
What two modern megacities were once in the Dutch empire?
New York City
Jakarta
What were the Dutch names of those cities?
Nieuw Amsterdam
Batavia
Who discovered Tasmania in 1642?
Abel Tasman
What bird became extinct shortly after Mauritius was colonized in 1638?
Dodo
What Englishman, working for the Dutch, discovered a river in New York and a bay in Canada?
Henry Hudson
What African country was once known as the Dutch Gold Coast?
Ghana
What small Caribbean island does the Netherlands share with France?
Saint Martin
What European country was successfully "invaded" by the Dutch
in the Glorious Revolution of 1688?
England
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Level 74
Mar 18, 2017
Very nice quiz!
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Level 77
Mar 18, 2017
"Farmer" is singular, but the answer requires plural.
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Level 83
Mar 18, 2017
Yes, "Boer" is the correct answer to your question as phrased.
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Level ∞
Mar 18, 2017
Fixed the Boer issue.
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Level 74
Mar 19, 2017
i think thats what the ANC said. I'm south african, this will make no sense to anybody else
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Level ∞
Mar 19, 2017
Wasn't trying to go down that road ...
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Level 74
Mar 18, 2017
Boer, not boers. You should probably also accept St Marteen for St Martin.
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Level 72
Mar 18, 2017
They already accept Sint/St/Saint Maarten.
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Level 37
Jun 14, 2017
French: Saint Martin Dutch: Sint Maarten
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Level 33
Sep 18, 2017
I tried Sint Marteen and it didn't work.
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Level 37
Mar 11, 2018
It is "Sint Maarten" for the Dutch side and "Saint Martin" for the French side. St.Marteen is not the name of either one,so why should it be accepted?
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Level 69
Mar 19, 2017
The last question surprised me. I would have been guessing for a long time before i tried the correct answer.
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Level 82
Sep 18, 2017
I keep typing Johannesburg hoping it would take. After a minute or so I took a step back and said maybe I'm forgetting some place. Doh. But back to the question is Johannesburg a "megacity"?
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Level 82
Sep 18, 2017
According to Wikipedia, 10 million is the cutoff point so it's not but should be at some point in the next 20 years. Put that on your calendar, Quizmaster.
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Level 81
Jul 8, 2018
"According to Wikipedia" anyone, even the same person you're talking to anywhere else on the internet, can write and edit Wikipedia. Use a real source, even by checking the legitimate source that should be referenced in the Wikipedia claim.
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Level 78
Apr 9, 2019
I don't think Johannesburg was ever actually a part of the Dutch Empire was it? It wasn't established until after the gold rush in the late 1800's. I guess that will be my research project for next weekend.
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Level 76
Sep 18, 2017
Thinking Ghana and SL were "English" Gold Coast and Ceylon respectively, I skirted all round the other countries in West Africa & Indian Ocean before thinking ... maybe they were Dutch too beforehand. D'oh!
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Level 70
Sep 18, 2017
Wow... I got 100... I am very impressed with myself. Surprised so few people knew Batavia though.
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Level 67
Apr 9, 2018
I'm surprised that many knew it.
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Level 72
Sep 18, 2017
Even old New York, was once Nieuw Amsterdam...
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Level 81
Jan 5, 2019
You mean the one in Yorkshire?
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Level 25
Jan 14, 2019
Nope the one in the US
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Level 69
Mar 9, 2020
...Why they changed it I can't say
People just liked it better that way...
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Level 55
Sep 19, 2017
When Hudson discovered Hudson he was not in Dutch service. Only his third voyage was in Dutch service, the Hudson Bay was discovered on the fourth.
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Level 37
Nov 22, 2017
The question did not specify on what voyage he discovered the Hudson, only that he did. e discovered the Hudson and was employed (at one time or another) by the Dutch. The is correct.
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Level 70
Aug 19, 2018
Excellent quiz - thanks.
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Level 56
Oct 17, 2018
I thought the Dutch name for Jakarta was Djakarta.
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Level 37
Nov 6, 2018
^ So did I. Apparently though, it was Batavia.
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Level 31
Nov 19, 2019
I kept writing Jakarta because that's what it's called in Dutch nowadays. Didn't think that one through...
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Level 61
Nov 28, 2018
Nice one....only had one that was really hard, the Hudson one. The rest i knew. But then again i'm Dutch, so i got this stuff force-fed at school.
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Level 31
Nov 19, 2019
Yeah, same. I just know this because of a simple subject called "geschiedenis" (history)
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Level 70
Jan 5, 2019
I guess this doesn't fit easily within the context of empire, but the Dutch also had a bizarre presence for a couple of centuries cordoned off on a little human-built island called Dejima, about ten meters off the Nagasaki shore. I think they typically had about a dozen Dutch nationals there as the only Europeans allowed to trade in Japan.
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Level 61
Jan 5, 2019
Fun to notice some others now this as well, are you Dutch? Or did you go to Dutch school? My generation was teached this stuff, but facts like Dejima are, from what i've noticed, not that known outside of our 'history glorification' (i am historian, and way too much of historical writing makes stuff look and sound better than it was, like our (the Dutch) colonialism-period).
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Level 58
Jan 5, 2019
Great Quiz. Lived and worked in Amsterdam "a few" years ago, last century:)) That city is truly colourful.
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Level 55
Jan 6, 2020
Suprised to see that Batavia has that few guess, I thought lots of you probably learned this at school like what I did, but apparently, I'm wrong.
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Level 46
Jan 14, 2020
It was really easy for me to guess ''boer'' because I'm Dutch...