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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
  • Quiz by Quizmaster - Jun 07, 2014
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Year
Country
Independent From
1776
United States
1810
Mexico
1960
Dem. Rep of the Congo
1962
Algeria
1822
Brazil
1945
Indonesia
1903
Panama
2011
South Sudan
1960
Nigeria
1993
Eritrea
1962
Jamaica
1905
Norway
Year
Country
Independent From
1971
Bangladesh
1822
Greece
2002
East Timor
1911
Mongolia
1965
Singapore
1991
Croatia
1991
Estonia
1944
Iceland
1962
Samoa
1975
Papua New Guinea
1946
Philippines
1810
Argentina
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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 20
Nov 5, 2012
Nice Quiz! 21/24 :) for me!
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level 35
Nov 5, 2012
Could West Pakistan be accepted for Pakistan? Would West Pakistan still, in a sense, be correct?
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level 33
Dec 23, 2012
theres only pakistan. no west pakistan although its to the west.
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level 35
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 72
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 40
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 57
May 1, 2017
The whole country was called Pakistan, and there were two parts, called West and East Pakistan. After independence, the West continued to be called Pakistan, and the East became Bangladesh. Unlike many of you who need to look it up on Wikipedia, I am old enough to remember these historical events. :-)
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level 66
Nov 21, 2012
24/24!
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level 33
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 70
Jan 22, 2013
Had to guess several times before finally getting Samoa, but I got them all.
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level 70
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 40
Apr 11, 2015
same here
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level 25
Jan 14, 2017
I didn't know about Australia or NZ having possessions at all, especially not that late. Still got 21/24 though. The other one I didn't know was Denmark owning Iceland.
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level 59
Mar 9, 2017
Tokelau, Niue, Cook Islands
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level 58
Jul 4, 2017
PNG was a UK territory until they handed it over to Australia to administer 1905. Australia and PNG worked together with the UN toward their independence in the 1970s (interestingly, most of the work involved sorting out fishing rights for traditional owners in the Torres Strait). But, Australia and NZ both still have a number of territories - NZ all in the Pacific including some non-autonomous countries, Australia has many from Christmas Island and Cocos Island in the Indian Ocean through to Norfolk Island in the South Pacific. Not to forget, of course, the Australian Antarctic Territory.
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level 55
Jul 4, 2017
Mordor, Rivendell, Hobbiton, the Shire...
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level 40
Jul 5, 2017
Same. Still managed to finish with 3:22 remaining.
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level 17
Jan 14, 2014
Should accept UK
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level 67
Jan 2, 2015
Why? In the First World War, New Zealand took Samoa away from Germany's possession, and kept it as a territory until 1962. I think so anyway, I can't be bothered checking the facts right now.
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level 28
Jan 22, 2014
mongolia seceded from china in 1921, not 1911
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level 34
Jun 6, 2014
Why did greece not accept Ottoman for Ottoman empire? I assumed it was wrong rather than type the whole word empire!
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Jun 7, 2014
Simply Ottoman will work now.
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level 48
Jan 5, 2015
Can you accept Gran Columbia for the Panama one, considering that is the empire it seceded from.
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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 43
Apr 11, 2015
Teddy Roosevelt.
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level 73
Apr 12, 2015
HAHAHA....A man a plan a canal Panama!
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level 49
Sep 11, 2016
Indeed he did. Hahaha. Panama was "liberated" by the USA, as they always do when something does not fit their needs.
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level 32
Jul 4, 2017
Friggin americans taking over my country
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level 46
Feb 7, 2016
Only every person who learns about the Big Stick or goes through world history.
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level 60
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 46
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 33
Apr 11, 2015
Norway never became "independent" from Sweden, because they were joined in a personal union.
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level 61
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 48
Apr 12, 2015
That'll be Britain, or the UK, not England.
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level 28
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 66
Apr 13, 2015
You could answer almost every question with "Britain", and be only partially wrong! Congratulations on being able to include some other answers!
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level 56
Apr 13, 2015
You should add Uruguay to the list. It got independence from Brazil in 1825.
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level 15
Jun 28, 2015
The only one I 100% knew was Samoa
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level 50
Jun 29, 2015
One entire minute thinking what country near Eritrea didn't try yet... Bang! 24/24.
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level 71
Jul 15, 2015
How to guess on a few, but got 100%!!!!!
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level 40
Aug 20, 2015
Please accept Gran Colombia as well when answering for Panama:)
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level 35
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 45
Dec 13, 2015
2:50 left. Getinthereson
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level 58
Mar 9, 2016
I typed GB and didn't get it, so I typed UK and up popped the answer "GREAT BRITAIN " lol
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level 36
Nov 15, 2016
24/24 at 2:57
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level 34
Mar 20, 2017
3:18 left :)
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level 34
Nov 26, 2016
Am I the only one extremely surprised to see Greece up there? Have always thought Greece existed for thousands of years, at least it existed during the ancient olympic games. Other independent countries have changed names after their independence "eg Inca Empire - Peru" but Greece apparently didn't.
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level 34
Jul 6, 2017
That's too simplistic. Read some Ancient Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and modern history for better understanding of how the Greek state came to be.
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level 40
Feb 7, 2017
Make this a series!
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level 72
Mar 9, 2017
Great quiz.
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level 45
Jul 4, 2017
Fitting feature, happy Fourth!
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level 37
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 52
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 27
Jul 4, 2017
Nice quiz
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level 45
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 45
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 53
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 30
Jul 5, 2017
Good quiz. Got the lot with 1.58 left
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level 38
Jul 6, 2017
I enjoyed that
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level 34
Jul 6, 2017
Nice quiz!
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