Geography of the French Empire

Can you answer these questions related to the geography of the French Empire?
Includes modern-day France and all European and colonial empires
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Last updated: January 8, 2020
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What massive territory did France sell to the U.S. in 1803?
Louisiana
Territory
What African canal was built by a French company?
Suez Canal
What was the most populous city in French Indochina?
Saigon
What former French colony is the largest island in the Indian Ocean?
Madagascar
What modern-day French region is located in South America?
French Guiana
What conqueror briefly incorporated parts of Spain, Italy,
and the other countries into France?
Napoleon
What small Caribbean island does France share with the Netherlands?
Saint Martin
What French colony became independent after a slave revolt in 1804?
Haiti
What is the most populous island in French Polynesia?
Tahiti
What is the most populous French-speaking city in the Americas?
Montreal
What city was founded in 1701 on the strait between Lake Erie and Lake Huron?
Detroit
What small country, formerly known as French Somaliland, gained independence in 1977?
Djibouti
In what country did France intervene during the "Opium Wars"?
China
Besides Vietnam, what other "V" country was once a French colony?
Vanuatu
What was the primary export of France’s North American colonies?
Fur
What is the nearest country to the French territory of Saint Pierre and Miquelon?
Canada
What colony became independent in 1962 after a brutal 8-year war?
Algeria
In what Middle Eastern country do 40% of the people speak French as a second language?
Lebanon
What former French possession is the westernmost city on the African mainland?
Dakar
In the 1700s French settlers left Nova Scotia to settle in Louisiana.
What are the descendents of those settlers called?
Cajuns
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Level 81
Mar 16, 2017
Cool quiz. However, I don't think the Suez Canal really belongs here, Egypt was not part of the French Empire.
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Level 71
May 27, 2017
Where in the question does it say that Egypt belonged to the French Empire? It is only about who built the canal.
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Level 81
Aug 26, 2017
The whole quiz is about the French Empire...
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Level 80
Aug 26, 2017
...and the French built the canal...
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Level 85
Mar 17, 2017
There are many people of French descent in Louisiana. The term 'Cajun' refers only to some of them, primarily the descendants of those people expelled from Nova Scotia in the 18th century. New Orleanians of French descent would not call themselves Cajuns.
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Level ∞
Mar 18, 2017
The question has now been improved.
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Level 65
Aug 27, 2017
A lot of the expelees also came from New Brunswick.
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Level 70
Dec 30, 2018
The colony was Acadia. The Acadiens who moved to Louisiana became known by the shortened form: Cajuns.
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Level 75
May 18, 2017
'and the other countries' is not very helpful
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Level 70
May 27, 2017
Time to give 'French' Guiana a referendum on independence.
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Level ∞
May 27, 2017
In 2010, voters in French Guiana overwhelmingly rejected a referendum that would have given them more autonomy.
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Level 70
Aug 26, 2017
Times have changed. Unlike previous centuries, empires' treatment of people in their colonies are no longer terrible, and being a French citizen means a much better life than a citizen of another Suriname or Guyana.
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Level 69
Aug 28, 2017
Not really a change, that.
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Level ∞
Jan 8, 2020
Colonialism is kind of like that famous Borscht belt joke. "The food tastes terrible ... and such small portions". Colonialism was bad, and it ended too soon. Many countries that became independent after WWII would have been better off had they stayed colonies.
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Level 77
Aug 30, 2017
People of French overseas regions are generally inclined to stay French nowadays, because they tend to enjoy far better standards of living than their neighbors, even if, to be fair, it's generally lower than what is called Metropolitan France.

The contrast is particularly striking in French Guiana, as it borders Suriname, one of the poorer countries in South America, and Northern Brazil, the least developed part of the country.

This is not to say that the situation could not be improved, as shown by the massive strikes that took place in the region earlier this year, but the issues they're suffering are either way smaller than in other countries in the area, or could not be resolved in any way by independence, which would cut them a critical lot of subventions to Overseas Territories from Metropolitan France.

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Level 37
Mar 9, 2019
The people of French Guiana choose to remain a part of France because they, wisely, saw what happened on the neighboring former Guianas - (Surinam and Guyana) once they became independent.
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Level 80
May 27, 2017
should have gotten all of these. Misspelled St Martin I guess and then ran out of time.
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Level 80
Aug 26, 2017
This time got the ones I missed before but read "westernmost" as "easternmost" so missed that one trying to guess Mogadishu.. :P
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Level 70
May 27, 2017
Does it depend on how we define North America? I certainly wouldn't call Haiti (Saint-Domingue) North American, but quizzes on this site often do. In that case, I doubt that the value of North American furs matched the sugar coming out of the Caribbean. (But I really don't know.)
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Level 70
Aug 26, 2017
The JetPunk definition of North America is everything from Panama north and every independent country in the Caribbean. South America is just the landmass itself, from Colombia to Argentina.
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Level ∞
Aug 26, 2017
It's not really the "JetPunk" definition:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_America

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Level 80
Aug 26, 2017
Haiti was undoubtedly rich but the fur trade was huge and basically the whole reason New Orleans exists.
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Level 55
Aug 28, 2017
Much of what is today Canada was owned by the French at one time, and Montreal was one of the most important cities in the fur trade. The entirety of the Northern part of North America was VERY rich in fur-bearing animals. The history of Canada and the fur trade is quite interesting. Give it a look :)
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Level 79
Aug 26, 2017
Couldn't figure out why Ho Chi Minh City wasn't accepted. Duh.
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Level 44
Aug 26, 2017
What does it mean by 'countries other than Vietnam' that start with V. What about Vatican City and Venezuela?
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Level 44
Aug 26, 2017
Sorry 'besides Vietnam'
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Level 70
Aug 26, 2017
The question asked for a country that belonged to France, not just any v country...
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Level 62
Aug 27, 2017
Could you accept "Ho Chi Minh City" for Saigon? That's the current name, and from my experience, most quizzes on Jetpunk will accept both answers.
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Level 61
Aug 28, 2017
I really like Death in Paradise and I missed the Saint Martin question.
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Level 58
Aug 29, 2017
Does liking Death in Paradise mean you should know about an island where Death in Paradise is NOT filmed then?
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Level 43
Sep 1, 2017
Accept Ho Chi Minh ville
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Level 88
Apr 17, 2018
Is the 'the' in 'the other countries into France" unintentional? I think the clue reads better without it.
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Level 56
May 30, 2019
Left Nova Scotia to settle in Louisiana... I think you mean they were deported.
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Level 50
Oct 25, 2019
Expelled, even