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Independence from Whom

For each selected country, name the country it was a part of prior to independence.
In the case of multiple possible answers, use the date to guide you
Some countries used more than once
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First submittedNovember 5, 2012
Last updatedJune 7, 2014
Times taken58,100
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Year
Country
Independent From
1776
United States
Great Britain
1810
Mexico
Spain
1960
Dem. Rep of the Congo
Belgium
1962
Algeria
France
1822
Brazil
Portugal
1945
Indonesia
Netherlands
1903
Panama
Colombia
2011
South Sudan
Sudan
1960
Nigeria
United Kingdom
1993
Eritrea
Ethiopia
1962
Jamaica
United Kingdom
1905
Norway
Sweden
Year
Country
Independent From
1971
Bangladesh
Pakistan 
1822
Greece
Ottoman Empire
2002
East Timor
Indonesia
1911
Mongolia
China
1965
Singapore
Malaysia
1991
Croatia
Yugoslavia
1991
Estonia
Soviet Union
1944
Iceland
Denmark
1962
Samoa
New Zealand
1975
Papua New Guinea
Australia
1946
Philippines
United States
1810
Argentina
Spain
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level 20
Nov 5, 2012
In the late 1800s, following successive treaties with the British, Bahrain became a protectorate of the United Kingdom. Following the withdrawal of the British from the region in the late 1960s, Bahrain declared independence in 1971. - Wikipedia
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level ∞
Nov 5, 2012
Well, dang, you're right. I removed that question. Thanks!
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level 44
Nov 5, 2012
Bahrain declared independence because Iran claimed it as the 14th province of Iran. [Iran (or Persia) ruled Bahrain intermittently for much of the last 2 or 3 thousand years, and always held that claim.] Thats also in Wikipedia, which neho left out. I would have accepted both UK and Iran as answers because Bahrain was "officially" in the Iranian dominion according to some while really under de facto British control at the time. But referendum and UN agreement determined that Bahrain would have sovereignty and independence from both.
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level 44
Feb 8, 2015
this is way too easy
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level 32
Nov 5, 2012
Interesting quiz, good test for general knowledge (as I think).
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level 34
Nov 5, 2012
Could West Pakistan be accepted for Pakistan? Would West Pakistan still, in a sense, be correct?
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level 41
Dec 23, 2012
theres only pakistan. no west pakistan although its to the west.
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level 34
Jan 7, 2013
I found from this wiki article that what we know tody to be Pakistan was once called West Pakistan, and was renamed Pakistan once East Pakistan (Bangladesh) separated from it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Pakistan
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level 69
Dec 3, 2018
The nation was called Pakistan. It had East and West divisions.
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level 75
Jun 15, 2014
I believe West Pakistan changed its name to Pakistan shortly before the civil war and East Pakistan's secession.
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level 38
Aug 20, 2015
I would think that the whole of the country would still be Pakistan. The country is Pakistan until they break away, then, until a new name is chosen, it could be referred to as west and east pakistan.
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level 71
Nov 21, 2012
24/24!
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level 42
Nov 23, 2017
Same here! Only hard one was Colombia colonizing Panama.
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level 29
May 3, 2018
Colombia didn't colonize Panama, it was part of Colombia after the Spanish independence, but in 1903 the American goverment convinced the Panamians who felt left behind from the Colombian goverment due to the lack of accessibility from the capital to Panama, which created an independentist feeling in them feeded by the desire of the US to build a canal in that area, Colombian government didn't pay much attention to the rebels and surprisingly, they won and separated to create a new republic.
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level 41
Dec 23, 2012
all with 3.31 left.
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level 54
Jan 10, 2014
Same score upto the second!
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level 76
Jan 22, 2013
Had to guess several times before finally getting Samoa, but I got them all.
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level 76
Apr 11, 2015
and... same result this time. Still had to guess at Samoa. I guess I didn't learn anything last time I took the quiz. :P
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level 39
Apr 11, 2015
same here
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level 45
Jul 5, 2017
Same. Still managed to finish with 3:22 remaining.
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level 28
Jan 22, 2014
mongolia seceded from china in 1921, not 1911
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level 52
Jan 5, 2015
Can you accept Gran Columbia for the Panama one, considering that is the empire it seceded from.
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level ∞
Jan 21, 2015
I don't believe that is correct:

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

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level 41
Apr 11, 2015
100%!
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level 19
Apr 11, 2015
who knew colombia ruled over panama? :O
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level 49
Feb 7, 2016
Only every person who learns about the Big Stick or goes through world history.
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level 76
Jun 10, 2019
Look up Teddy Roosevelt and the Panama Canal Company.
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level 58
Apr 11, 2015
Fascinating quiz. I'll be honest and say some of those were news to me. I was most surprised to learn that Norway has not always been independent.
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level 49
Feb 7, 2016
Watch this video -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXiLMb-OFgY Quite fascinating. There are a lot like this, some better, but I couldn't find them.
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level 42
Apr 11, 2015
Norway never became "independent" from Sweden, because they were joined in a personal union.
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level 58
Apr 11, 2015
When I found out recently that Norway and Sweden were in a Union, I realised it was not dissimilar to the union connecting Scotland to the United Kingdom. But if Scotland had voted recently to dissolve that union, nobody (least of all the Scottish) would complain if someone said they had achieved "independence from England", even if that would technically not have been the case.
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level 50
Apr 12, 2015
That'll be Britain, or the UK, not England.
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level 32
Jul 7, 2015
England and Scotland were in personal union from 1603 until 1707 (excluding interregnums and pretenders), meaning they were independent countries with the same monarch. After this they were united as one country by the Act of Union, which combined the two seperate parliaments into one Parliament of Great Britain. This didn't happen with Sweden and Norway, which remained nominally independent of one another despite sharing a monarch.
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level 65
Apr 13, 2015
You should add Uruguay to the list. It got independence from Brazil in 1825.
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level 29
May 3, 2018
It was called "Cisplatina" back then.
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level 54
Jun 29, 2015
One entire minute thinking what country near Eritrea didn't try yet... Bang! 24/24.
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level 77
Jul 15, 2015
How to guess on a few, but got 100%!!!!!
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level 38
Aug 20, 2015
Please accept Gran Colombia as well when answering for Panama:)
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level 45
Sep 2, 2015
Gran Colombia dissolved in 1831. Panama revolted and seceded from the modern republic of Colombia in 1903.
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level 46
Dec 13, 2015
2:50 left. Getinthereson
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level 45
Feb 7, 2017
Make this a series!
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level 75
Mar 9, 2017
Great quiz.
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level 45
Jul 4, 2017
I thought that Indonesia gained independence in 1947, the dutch didn't recognise Indonesia and kept the army and government for another two years
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level 53
Jul 4, 2017
Enjoyed this one, got stuck on Philippines though, I thought it was Spain, took a while before I remembered the USA. This would be good as a series, surely theres enough countries to make at least 2 more, or a easy medium hard quiz series!
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level 32
Jul 4, 2017
Nice quiz
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level 56
Jul 4, 2017
Great quiz (5/5).
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level 51
Jul 4, 2017
Great quiz! It's an interesting way of testing history knowledge
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level 68
Jul 4, 2017
Very nice quiz. I did surprisingly bad.......lol. Shows me I'm not as smart as I think I am.
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level 58
Jul 5, 2017
You should accept Malaya, because that's what it was called when Singapore was still a part of it.
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level 35
Jul 5, 2017
Good quiz. Got the lot with 1.58 left
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level 44
Jul 6, 2017
I enjoyed that
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level 55
Sep 27, 2017
Very entertaining quiz!
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level 39
Feb 18, 2018
Pretty straight forward, 3:41 left
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level 18
May 3, 2018
Wow those kiwi's actually had more land
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level 39
Dec 4, 2018
But both we and Samoa were part of the British Empire.
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level 38
Oct 12, 2018
Great Quiz!
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level 34
Jan 23, 2019
Panama proclaims its independence from Spain, not Colombia.
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level 43
Apr 7, 2019
You should check out Panama's history and you'll see that you're wrong about that. Panama was part of Colombia until they separated in 1903 supporting America's desires to build the canal on that area.
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level 76
Jun 10, 2019
nope
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level 55
Feb 19, 2019
Could be description be reworded please? Many of these countries were not part of the countries from which they gained independence (e.g. Congo, Jamaica, Indonesia, Philippines, Nigeria).
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level 54
Jun 10, 2019
Nice quiz :)
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level 34
Jun 10, 2019
Did they change names? Because in the United States part it says Great Britain but everywhere else it says UK. I know it accepts both but why is the name of the answer different?
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level 56
Jun 10, 2019
"United Kingdom" didn't become the official name until 1801, when Britain and Ireland united into one country.
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level 62
Jun 11, 2019
PNG was never actually colonised by or a territory of Australia. It was a UK territory merely administered by Australia after WWII until independence from the UK.
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