History by Letter - N

Name these historical people, places, and things beginning with the letter N.
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Last updated: July 27, 2019
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Victorious admiral at Trafalgar
Horatio Nelson
Former fascist party of Germany
Nazi
Paris cathedral whose
construction began in 1163
Notre Dame
Massachusetts whaling island
Nantucket
French conqueror defeated
at Waterloo
Napoleon
Viking group that settled in France
and conquered England
Normans
Largest city in the antebellum South
New Orleans
Family that has dominated
Indian politics since independence
Nehru
Roman emperor and lyre enthusiast
Nero
Chinese city whose name means
"Southern Capital"
Nanjing
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The only U.S. President to resign
Richard Nixon
Tsar overthrown in 1917
Nicholas II
Former name of New York City
New Amsterdam
Country that once dominated
the spice trade
Netherlands
Province that joined Canada in 1949
Newfoundland
Historical region of northern Sudan
Nubia
Most famous Egyptian queen,
besides Cleopatra
Nefertiti
Major Italian city founded
as a Greek colony
Naples
Native American tribe employed as
"code talkers" during WWII
Navajo
Site of "The Troubles"
Northern Ireland
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Level 44
Sep 9, 2014
100% WOOHOO!!!
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Level 46
Sep 10, 2014
"antebellum South" is too general. Maybe you should put American South instead?
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Level 40
Sep 29, 2014
Here... here Bob. I had no idea what part of the world this was referring to.
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Level 67
Apr 10, 2020
It's 'hear, hear', not 'here here'.
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Level 58
May 21, 2017
The American south is Argentina. USA south would have been better.
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Level 79
May 22, 2017
No, no, and no. Argentina is in southern South America. Panama is in southern North America. The antebellum South (capitalized S) is comprised of the southern states of the US and usually refers to the states which formed the Confederacy during the Civil War - the pre-war era is called the antebellum period. The Oxford definition of antebellum is, "occurring or existing before a particular war, especially the American Civil War." If you want to argue with Oxford that the US is not America, go for it.
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Level 67
Apr 10, 2020
What about Chile then, Starling? And the Falkland Islands?
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Level 64
Aug 24, 2019
Antebellum South is a term used almost exclusively for the American South prior to the Civil War.

For right or wrong, and even if it continues to make everyone south of the Rio Grande mad, you'll likely never hear someone from the US refer to anyone outside of US borders as "American" without putting some sort of qualifying adjective - like Latin, Central, South - in front of it. Otherwise, I believe Canadians are happy being Canadians and would prefer not to be confused with their crazy neighbor.

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Level 67
Aug 30, 2019
I too was thinking which war? what south? I am only aware of the literal meaning of the word and not the terms it is used in. After looking it up I agree that is most often used in connection with the civil war. But shouldn't antebellum be capitalized? As in that case it is a specific term?

In the case it is not officially required to capitalize, I would still suggest it, because it makes it clear it is a specific term/title and not just used as a word itself, so pre-war. That way people can't really complain. (like if you read The Book, you can't complain the answer is the bible instead of a random book )

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Level 67
Aug 30, 2019
Not sure if I checked the suggestion box. And might I suggest not removing the check box when you press edit ;)
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Level 59
Sep 14, 2016
It is not "Northern Ireland" It is the north of Ireland. Some angry Irish dude in Belfast gave me a 15 minute lecture while I was waiting for a flight to takeoff because I said Northern Ireland. That was an awkward situation. I couldn't stand up and just walk away. That has to be one of my most unpleasant flight experiences.
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Level 69
Feb 23, 2017
Nope. It's Northern Ireland. I suspect you got an ear bashing from a hardline Republican. The kind who refuse to accept the existence of Northern ireland. I make no judgement on the validy of their beliefs, but the 'country' exists (in the same sense that England, Scotland and Wales are countries) whether they like it or not.

Sadly people have been killing each other over things a lot more trivial than that here in Northern Ireland, for far far too long. Thankfully now, most people have had enough and want to get on with their lives.

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Level 64
May 21, 2017
Erm, no. It's Northern Ireland...
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Level 73
May 21, 2017
Just because someone is louder than you does not make them right. Politically, it's part of the UK - Northern Ireland. If history had gone differently, then maybe he would be right.
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Level 67
Apr 10, 2020
It could have been a 15-hour lecture, and he would still be wrong.
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Level 69
Apr 24, 2020
That guy must have an ulster up his erse.
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Level 89
May 21, 2017
Please change Newfoundland to its actual name, Newfoundland and Labrador
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Level 54
Apr 24, 2020
No, it only became Newfound and Labrador in 2001. It was just Newfoundland when it joined Canada, and the nation of Newfoundland had the territory of Labrador when it joined.
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Level 59
May 21, 2017
And all my life I've been spelling it Nofretete. *facepalm*
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Level 65
May 21, 2017
Goodness.
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Level 67
Apr 10, 2020
It's a variant spelling, according to the Oxford Dictionary of English.
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Level 58
May 21, 2017
@sulps One wonders how many times you've had to spell that in your lifetime? I'm suddenly questioning all my life choices.
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Level 67
Apr 10, 2020
It's a variant spelling of Nefertiti according to the Oxford Dictionary of English.
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Level 65
May 21, 2017
No facepalm needed, it can in fact be spelled this way according to the following source: https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/nefertiti?showCookiePolicy=true

And it's actually the common spelling in German.

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Level 67
Apr 10, 2020
Indeed.
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Level 67
Apr 10, 2020
It is actually a variant spelling. Could Nofretete be accepted?
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Level 72
May 21, 2017
Newfoundland wasn't a 'province' when it joined Canada. It was a dominion in its own right.
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Level 58
May 21, 2017
For the Chinese city question: Anyone have any insight into why I put "Nanchung" instinctively? Purely on a whim, but it was so close, I wonder if that's an alternate pronunciation/spelling or what??
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Level 79
May 22, 2017
I was taught in school that it was Nanking. I was also taught that Chongqing was Chunking, so maybe you combined Nanking and Chungking together? (Nanking was accepted for me.)
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Level 34
May 24, 2017
Where do you learn about Chinese cities in school other than a Chinese class? Not being sarcastic, actually curious
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Level 34
May 24, 2017
@ander217
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Level 41
May 1, 2018
Well, your school is wrong. In China, we can use traditional characters or use pingying, which is the representation of characters as English spellings. Our pronunciation of these letters differs from the American pronunciations, and since you Americans have the most boring monotonous speech, its hard for Westerners to differentiate the q and k and k and j a so on. The spelling is DEFINITELY Nanjing.
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Level 81
May 28, 2018
And is that harder or easier than differentiating between 'pingying' and the correct spelling/pronunciation, 'pinyin'?
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Level 67
Apr 10, 2020
@Dragonlife. You're wrong. Up until the 1980s the romanised spellings of Chinese place names were used in English and many other languages, including Peking, Nanking, Chungking etc. Note they're still used for Chinese-speaking areas outside of the mainland (Hong Kong, Macau, Taipei, Kaohsiung etc.). These spellings are still commonly used in various languages.
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Level 28
Apr 24, 2020
@benny7401 well I learned about Chinese cities in history class. Like in the Opium War and how Mao and the Communist party came to power....
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Level 79
Apr 24, 2020
It was the 1960s in a small town in Missouri, and in both world history and geography classes we learned about countries and cities outside of the USA. I don't understand why that seems surprising. There's a brand of canned Chinese food in the US called Chun King (founded by an Italian), and Chinese restaurant menus still have Peking duck, not Beijing duck. There's an American bar named the Bombay Bicycle Club - the old forms of the names are still around. So back then, the spelling was DEFINITELY Nanking in my textbook whether or not it was considered correct in China. Even Wikipedia lists it as "Nanjing, alternatively romanized as Nanking or Nankin."
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Level 65
May 21, 2017
I think Hatshepsut is actually more famous than Nefertiti, but I'm not sure if that's true for others as well or if I just happen to know her better.
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Level 58
May 22, 2017
It's just you! At least people can say Nefertiti easily! ;-)
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Level 55
May 22, 2017
Not just you, me too.
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Level 58
Jan 7, 2018
Agree with sulfuratus. she is so much more famous than nefertiti
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Level 64
Feb 10, 2020
Hatshepsut is the female Egyptian leader in SidMeier's Civilization IV, so she's pretty well know in the 4X community :-). Other instances use Cleopatra as a female leader.
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Level 58
May 21, 2017
I'm sorry, but the fact that Indira Gandhi was Nehru's daughter doesn't alter the fact that the dominating family in Indian politics are the Gandhis, not the Nehrus.
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Level ∞
Jul 27, 2019
It's the same family. (No relation to Mohandas of course).
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Level 71
May 22, 2017
In the Jetpunk tradition of accepting placenames in their native languages, I hereby submit that you should accept 'Norn Iron' for the last answer. :)
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Level 62
Apr 24, 2020
100% agree
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Level 76
May 22, 2017
I do hope you have to change the clue to Q11 in the v near future
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Level 83
Apr 24, 2020
Hopeful, but I doubt it. Trump needs to royally screw up to the point where even his most die-hard supporters would stop blindly following him. But that looks unlikely to happen anytime soon.
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Level 37
Aug 15, 2017
Nieuw Amsterdam was neither conquered by nor sold to the English. It was traded by the Dutch for what eventually became Dutch Guiana and is now Surinam in South America. The Dutch readily got rid of what they thought of as a rather useless piece of land Nieuw Amsterdam), for one which was rich is bauxite and other minerals (present day Surinam). Ha, ha, ha the joke was on them!
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Level 61
May 23, 2018
rather keen of the dutch to get rid of that useless piece of land. they made the right choice.
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Level 58
Nov 5, 2017
There are some "oldies" on here near the top of the comments who remember the Four Lads, obviously. Comforting, my brothers/sisters.
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Level 58
Jan 8, 2018
Again you are turning these quizzes into spelling tests. Please be more liberal with spelling acceptance. "Notradame" not accepted because one word.

Imagine if quiz shows on TV asked contestants to spell everything they gave as a verbal answer.

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Level 80
Apr 16, 2018
Imagine if the quiz show host was forced to anticipate before the show every odd mispronunciation, vocal inflection, or speech tic a contestant might have while giving an answer and if he couldn't anticipate those then the answer would be counted as false. The site is already very liberal with spelling but we can't anticipate every mistake you're going to make. What the heck is "notradame?"
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Level 79
Apr 24, 2020
The wife of Nostredame?
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Level 81
May 28, 2018
All Jetpunk quizzes ignore spaces, so whether you wrote it as one word or two makes no difference.
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Level 50
Oct 21, 2019
The Normans were not Vikings. They were Normans because they came from Normandy in France.

The Vikings did not come from France.

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Level 72
Apr 24, 2020
It literally is a French derivation of 'Northman'. They're Viking that settled the region that is now Normandy, named AFTER the Normans. The first (unofficial) Duke of Normandy was called Rollo, and was born in Scandinavia.
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Level 59
Apr 24, 2020
100 % first time , hey moderators ? have some courage and let me comment the list tests are full of people who take the tests 30 times and brag how smart they are after the 30th try when they've rotely memorized them , then they come on the comment section and act like jags who know everything even more than authors and professors it is sill and almost indecent , im just pointing it out it is laughable and you should let me calll them out
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Level 30
Apr 24, 2020
suprised how low socred nubia is, i thought that was fairly common knowledge
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Level 51
Apr 24, 2020
Please accept Neapolis for Naples!