Geography of the Spanish Empire

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Last updated: July 12, 2017
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What modern-day country has the most Spanish speakers?
Mexico
What two Native American empires were conquered by the conquistadors?
Aztecs
Incas
What island chain includes Tenerife and Fuerteventura?
Canary Islands
What country do the Spanish cities of Ceuta and Melilla border?
Morocco
What Asian country was once controlled by Spain?
Philippines
What two current U.S. territories were ceded by Spain in 1898?
Guam
Puerto Rico
What was, initially, the most important export from Spain's American colonies?
Gold
What is the term for the Spanish outposts that were established in California to spread
Christianity to Native Americans?
Missions
What is the oldest city in the continental United States (founded by Spain in 1566)?
Saint Augustine
What is the term for a person of mixed Spanish and Native American descent?
Mestizo
What country was once known as Spanish Guinea?
Equatorial Guinea
On what island was the city of Santo Domingo founded in 1498?
Hispaniola
What isthmus was crossed by Balboa in 1513?
Isthmus of Panama
What city's full name can be translated as "City of our Lady Saint Mary of the Fair Winds"?
Buenos Aires
What was the last city in Spain to be reconquered from the Moors?
Granada
Until 1715, Spain was actually two separate kingdoms ruled by the same king.
What were those two kingdoms?
Castille
Aragon
What European country gained independence from Spain after the "Eighty Years' War"?
Netherlands
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Level 82
Mar 23, 2017
5 correct, 5 points.... best retake before more partake
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Level 65
Mar 23, 2017
Can your score be reduced after-the-fact? After you already get 5?
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Level ∞
Mar 23, 2017
Yes
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Level 87
Mar 23, 2017
The Northern Mariana Islands were also ruled by Spain.
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Level 88
Mar 23, 2017
That's correct
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Level 82
Mar 24, 2017
Not technically a US colony at this point.
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Level ∞
Mar 24, 2017
Changed the question to remove the possibility of the Marianas.
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Level 73
Mar 23, 2017
Very interesting quiz
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Level 74
Mar 23, 2017
Had never heard of St Augustine - my new fact for the day. Spent ages trying New Mexican and Texan cities, and even Miami, to no avail!
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Level 55
Jul 27, 2020
Grew up real close to St. Augustine and went to Catholic school in the Diocese of St. Augustine, It was hammered into me that St. Augustine is the oldest city in America and where Catholicism and cattle first came to the USA.
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Level 78
Jul 27, 2020
Bit of trivia - the US city isn't pronounced the same as its namesake, St. Augustine of Hippo. It is St. Aug' - us - teen rather than Au-gust'-in. I think of it's diagonally-striped black and white lighthouse or the Castillo de San Marcos fort when I remember my visit to the city.
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Level 61
Mar 25, 2017
The Spanish Empire, my 14th favorite empire, after the Romans, Mongols, Incans, Qing Dynasty, Yuan Dynasty, British, French, Mayans, Persians, Ottomans, Umayyad Caliphate, Greeks, and Mughals.
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Level 61
Mar 25, 2017
The Spanish would be higher up but the funded Christopher Columbus's expedition and I have a thing against him. Also Honorable Mentions: Carthaginians, Byzantine, Babylonians.
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Level 67
Jul 11, 2017
I feel like you're giving the Songhai short shrift.
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Level 57
Jul 12, 2017
nerd
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Level 43
Jul 11, 2017
Can you add Islas Canarias for Canary Islands as well?
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Level ∞
Jul 12, 2017
Okay
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Level 55
Jul 11, 2017
How is that possible? I thought Buenos Aires meant good air. It would need ciudad, and many other words not included in the name to match your description.
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Level 68
Jul 11, 2017
Quote from Wikipedia: "Buenos aires" can be translated as "fair winds" or "good airs", but the first one was the meaning intended by the founders in the 16th century, by the use of the original name "Real de Nuestra Señora Santa María del Buen Ayre".
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Level 64
Jul 11, 2017
Has the word which completely disappeared from the English language?
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Level 79
Jul 11, 2017
Maybe a witch made it disappear
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Level 66
Jul 11, 2017
Someone should have Jules Winnfield sort this out.
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Level 81
Oct 26, 2019
The word which does what?
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Level 78
Jul 27, 2020
What's on second and who's on first, so which must be on the disabled list.
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Level 24
Jul 11, 2017
Didn't Spain cede Guam and Puerto Rico to the U.S? Not the other way around?
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Level 79
Jul 11, 2017
Well, it says so: "ceded by Spain".
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Level 79
Jul 11, 2017
Maybe I might sound a little prickly, but should "mision" or "misiones" work for "mission". I mean, the Spanish term is with only one 's'...
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Level 47
Jul 11, 2017
I kept writing "Ecuatorial" and couldn't figure out for the life of me where I was going wrong. Sigh.
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Level 71
Mar 27, 2019
It’s all due to freaking Ecuador! In geography, it’s usually Eq like Equator or Equatorial Guinea, but then Ecuador comes along to mess it all up!
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Level 41
Jul 11, 2017
You should accept Canarias instead of Canary. That´s their native name
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Level 77
Jul 12, 2017
The quiz isn't their native language though.
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Level 66
Jul 13, 2017
Shouldn't the clue for BA read 'Which cities original name', instead of full?
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Level 21
Oct 23, 2017
Could you accept San Agustin (original name) for St. Augustine?
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Level 75
Oct 25, 2017
Thank you for making this quiz. I'd like to point out that you refer to Aztecs, Incas as "Native Americans," and people of mixed Spanish and "Native American" descent. I appreciate you want to use respectful terminology, but in these cases, "Native American" is not correct. 'Native Americans' refers to the Indigenous peoples of the United States. You will probably want to use "Indigenous" (captialised), or "Indigenous peoples". More info on terminology: http://indigenousfoundations.arts.ubc.ca/terminology/#indigenous
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Level 66
Jun 6, 2020
Thank you for accepting "silver" for "gold" haha
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Level 56
Jun 23, 2020
Moors should be Moops
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Level 53
Jul 12, 2020
Cool quiz! I think for the Equatorial Guinea question you should delete "Guinea" from the answer box because it's too easy to guess when it also indicated that there's a word missing in front of it. As far as I recall there's only one country whose name ends with Guinea haha.
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Level 56
Jul 28, 2020
There's also Papua New Guinea.
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Level 68
Jul 27, 2020
Only 46% know about the epic war that gave us Dutch our independence. :O
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Level 63
Jul 27, 2020
Buenos Aires' full name reminds me of Los Angeles' full name, "Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels"
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Level 30
Jul 27, 2020
For the question about the exports in north america I put silver and It gave me the answer though it was gold. Please fix
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Level 79
Jul 27, 2020
you want us to take your points away?
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Level 78
Jul 27, 2020
Nice way to head off anticipated arguments, QM, and I understood the clue as written but just to be contrary I'll point out that there were other cities founded in the US before 1566, including one at Cahokia IL in 650, the Acoma Pueblo in New Mexico in 1144, and the Taos, New Mexico pueblo in 1450. For the most part they didn't remain in continual use although the Acoma maintain they've been there continuously for over 2000 years in spite of a Spanish massacre after which a remnant rebuilt much of the pueblo that had been mostly destroyed. They make a good case that they are the oldest continuously-inhabited community in the US.