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Historical City to Country

We give you a year and a city. Name the historical country or empire that controlled that city in the given year.
We are using the modern name for the city, even if it had a different name at the time
Many of these countries no longer exist
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Last updated: May 12, 2019
First submittedJune 9, 2014
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City
Year
Country
Sarajevo
1950
Yugoslavia
Leipzig
1950
East Germany
Macao
1950
Portugal
Prague
1950
Czechoslovakia
Ho Chi Minh City
1950
French Empire
Tallinn
1950
Soviet Union
Manila
1900
United States
Reykjavik
1900
Denmark
Galveston
1863
Confederate States
of America
1840
Republic of Texas
1830
Mexico
Gdansk
1830
Prussia
City
Year
Country
Cape Town
1820
British Empire
1700
Dutch Empire
Cusco
1700
Spanish Empire
1400
Incan Empire
Beijing
1300
Mongol Empire
Heraklion
1300
Venice
Athens
1700
Ottoman Empire
500
Byzantine Empire
300 BC
Macedonia
Jerusalem
1
Roman Empire
100 BC
Judea
1400 BC
Egypt
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level 78
Jun 11, 2014
500 is a bit early for the Byzantine empire.
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level 84
Jul 18, 2014
Not really, no. The Roman Empire divided in 285, so Athens had been a part of the Eastern Roman/Byzantine Empire for 200 years at that time, and would be for another millennium.
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level 56
Jan 31, 2019
By 500, the Western Romans had fallen to Germanic tribes
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level ∞
Apr 23, 2019
The quiz is accurate. 500 is a perfectly fine date for the Byzantine Empire.
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level 66
Jul 28, 2014
French empire? 1950?
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level 68
Jul 28, 2014
Vietnam got its independence in 1954.
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level 44
Jul 29, 2014
right, it should be the French Republic, or the Fourth French Republic
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level 68
May 12, 2019
Vietnam (sort of) got its independence recognized in 1954. Independence was declared in 1945. In between was a war of independence. You could argue that Saigon was merely occupied in the meantime.
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level 47
Nov 13, 2019
When Vietnam got its independence is irrelevant. France was a Republic in 1950.
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level 64
Jul 28, 2014
In 120 BC, Judea was a part of the Seleucid Empire.
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level ∞
Apr 23, 2019
Technically, I guess. Changed the date to 100 BC.
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level 63
Jul 28, 2014
Saigon should be "Ho Chi Minh City" to comply with the intro.
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level ∞
Jul 29, 2014
Fixed
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level 54
Jul 28, 2014
Derp. I tried Czech Republic. Forgot about the "Slovakia" part.
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level 80
Jan 31, 2019
Wouldn't have been in the quiz at all if it weren't for the "-slovakia" part.
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level 84
Jul 28, 2014
I remembered both of the answers for Jerusalem, thanks to Monty Python's Life of Brian and the Judean People's Front. Or was it the People's Front of Judea?
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level 75
Jul 28, 2014
Splitter!
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level 74
May 11, 2019
There he is. Over there.
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level 73
Jul 28, 2014
Got 20 to my surprise, including Venice
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level 68
Jul 28, 2014
You say you're using the modern city names, but Saigon is now called Ho Chi Minh City.
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level 76
Jul 28, 2014
It was a learning experience. (It makes me feel better to say that when I miss a lot of answers.)
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level 67
Jul 29, 2014
The Mali Empire gets no love.
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level 68
Aug 1, 2014
Would Yuan Dynasty work for Mongol Empire, or no?
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level 54
Mar 23, 2016
Yes, this would be good.
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level 57
May 24, 2017
Agree.
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level 61
Aug 2, 2014
I put Viceroyalty of the River Plate instead of Spanish Empire. What a dumb.
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level 71
Jun 7, 2015
the great persian empire and nothing about! add something about persia or change the name of your quiz
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level 51
Jul 30, 2015
24/24, Heraklion for Venice was a tricky one but it was the next best guess after the ottomans and byzantium
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level 69
Apr 18, 2016
I think Yuan or China should be allowed for Beijing. The Mongol Empire in 1300 was only really a loose confederation with the Western Khans giving only nominal subservience to the Yuan Emperors in Khanbaliq (Beijing). The Great Khans following Kublai ruled as Emperors of the Yuan Dynasty of China. I do realise allowing China as an answer makes it a little too obvious, but disallowing it isn't really accurate.
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level ∞
Apr 23, 2019
Okay, Yuan will work
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level 72
Nov 16, 2016
Can you accept "Judah" for Judea as well.
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level 77
May 24, 2017
Technically different things. Though I did pick it up by typing in Hasmonean...
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level 77
May 11, 2019
which is more accurate as Judea was the name of the Roman province before the Maccabean revolt. I'm not sure but I don't think the locals continued calling it Judea during the Hasmonean dynasty, though I'm sure the Romans still called it that up until they reconquered it and changed the name to Syria Palaestina, to attempt to destroy its Jewish identity.
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level ∞
Apr 23, 2019
Judah will work now. Technically, though, Judah was a kingdom that existed several hundred years before 100 BC.
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level 51
Apr 14, 2017
danzig
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level 77
May 24, 2017
Not today.
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level 61
May 24, 2017
Eastern Roman Empire doesn't work for Athens.
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level 57
May 24, 2017
Judah for Judea?
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level 66
Feb 20, 2018
Just a nitpick: There was no year 0. 1 BC was followed by AD 1.
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level ∞
Apr 23, 2019
Valid nitpick. This has been fixed.
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level 60
Jun 23, 2018
great quiz, havent seen something quite like this before
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level 68
Feb 14, 2019
Fine quiz. Got the last one (Judea) with 1 second left on the clock!
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level 59
Feb 21, 2019
Could you please accept DDR for East Germany?
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level ∞
Apr 23, 2019
Okay
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level 63
Apr 11, 2019
Actually, to my opinion the year 0 doesn't exist
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level ∞
Apr 23, 2019
It's not just your opinion, it's a fact. Changed 0 to 1.
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level 70
May 11, 2019
Can you consider accepting Iudea for Judea. I know it's not correct in english, but it's closer to the latin/greek term, especially phonetically.
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level 77
May 11, 2019
Pretty easy, though if you don't accept simply "Roman Empire" for "Byzantine Empire" maybe at least accept "Eastern Roman Empire?" the only one that tripped me up for a second. I was trying to think of who else other than the Roman Empire would have controlled bits of the Balkans in 500 AD, and even tried Byzantium, before getting the answer you were looking for.
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level 33
May 11, 2019
I'm a little surprised Sarajevo is low on the list of correct answers. It was even an Olympic host city back when Yugoslavia was still around.
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level 74
May 11, 2019
Herkalion's very hard when your brain has read 1300 B.C., not A.D.
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level 74
May 11, 2019
Shouldn't this quiz have the yellow highlighted box?
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level 66
May 11, 2019
When did Egypt control Jerusalem? Isn’t the Exodus story of the Jews in Egypt considered to be mythological by the majority of scholars? Even if it were true, that wouldn’t imply Egyptian control of Jerusalem, would it?
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level 71
May 11, 2019
Under the New Kingdom, Egypt controlled most of the Levant including Jerusalem. There are plenty of primary sources of information which support this, regardless of the fact/fiction status of the biblical story described in Exodus.
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level 77
May 12, 2019
The Exodus story is myth, but that doesn't mean that ancient Egyptians were mythological. Jerusalem became a vassal to the Egyptian New Kingdom sometime around the 15th century BC. The Exodus story was not written until about 1000 years after that, long after the New Kingdom had gone into decline. Nobody knows for sure but it's believed that the story was probably first written during the period that Jews were held captive in Babylon. The Pharaohs referenced in Exodus may have been based on real-life Pharaohs, or they may have been entirely made up, but as they are not named and few clues are given about their identity it's difficult to place these events on a real historical timeline. Anyway the Egyptians in Exodus are not described as dominating Jerusalem so this has nothing to do with that.
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level 61
Nov 13, 2019
Macedonia should be changed to Macedon, which is what the ancient kingdom is called. Macedonia can be thought of as connected to the modern region of Macedonia (split among four countries) or the country of North Macedonia both of which are as far from the ancient kingdom as it goes.
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level 77
Nov 13, 2019