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Invasions

Based on the date and the invader, guess the country that was invaded.
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In some cases, we give only the leader of a coalition
Some of these countries no longer exist
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First submittedMarch 22, 2013
Last updatedFebruary 20, 2017
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Date
Invader
Invaded Country
2003
United States
Iraq
2001
United States
Afghanistan
1990
Iraq
Kuwait
1979
Soviet Union
Afghanistan
1973
Egypt, Syria
Israel
1970
United States,
South Vietnam
Cambodia
1956
Soviet Union
Hungary
Jun 1941
Germany
Soviet Union
Nov 1939
Soviet Union
Finland
Sep 1939
Germany
Poland
Date
Invader
Invaded Country
1846
United States
Mexico
1812
United States
Canada
Jun 1812
France
Russia
1588
Spain (attempted)
England
1415
England
France
1296
England
Scotland
218 BC
Carthage
Rome
334 BC
Macedonia
Persia
490 BC
Persia
Athens / Sparta
599 BC
Babylon
Judah
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level 40
Mar 23, 2013
Lovin' this quiz!
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level 59
Mar 23, 2013
Nice quiz! Just a small mistake: it should be November 1939 for Soviet Union and Finland.
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level 45
Sep 1, 2017
soviet union never invaded finland?
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level 51
Sep 4, 2017
Yeah they did. They meant to take Helsinki, but they got bogged down. World's deadliest sniper fighting for the Finns helped. They ended up settling for only a chunk of Finnish territory
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level 48
Mar 23, 2013
Top quiz, WTF is right though, the Winter War invasion was 1939.
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level ∞
Mar 23, 2013
Fixed. Thanks!
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level 53
Mar 23, 2013
good quiz
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level 54
Jun 27, 2013
The North Vietnamese, Chinese, and Soviet troops in Vietnam were all in Cambodia way before the Americans and South Vietnamese. The war expanded into there because there were enemies there. By the way, there WERE Chinese and Soviets (troops) in Vietnam.
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level 37
Jul 18, 2015
Don't try to justify your country's action during that war.
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level 77
Jul 19, 2015
False. Americans are better about admitting faults and failures than almost anyone else. Except maybe the Germans.
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level 61
Jul 20, 2015
I really am baffled at the amount of flack Americans take from Europeans. Certainly, America has many, many flaws, but what goes on in Europe is and was every bit as preposterous. They act as though Italy and Germany didn't try to conquer the world in the 1940s, as though England, Belgium, Netherlands, France, Spain, and Portugal didn't go around colonizing whatever they pleased when they were at the apex of their power. Now that the US is the most powerful, suddenly no one can believe they would impose their will on weaker nations, as though the Europeans didn't do the exact same thing when they were in charge. It's ludicrous. Colonization is awful, but let's not pretend it's a power intrinsic to the US. It's a problem intrinsic to power.
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level 57
Jul 20, 2015
Well said, Jmellor13
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level ∞
Jul 20, 2015
America is one of the least patriotic countries on Earth. It's one of our greatest strengths, and one of the reasons that most educated Americans will readily admit our flaws. You won't find a ton of smart people trying to justify our actions in Vietnam.
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level 61
Jun 20, 2016
I'm not sure I can stand by Quizmaster on this one. We're ridiculously patriotic but we're honest with ourselves. I think it's more accurate to say that we're not blindly nationalistic. We love our country more than most people do. The difference is that we don't turn a blind eye to the actions of our country. A country founded by overthrowing the government in an armed rebellion should certainly question its own government's actions. The notion that systematic racism, wars of conquest, and ignorance are uniquely American problems exists solely because we admit it and no one else does.
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level 34
Jun 29, 2016
America is one of the least patriotic nations? Haha that is a funny one, please tell me another joke.
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level 71
Jul 16, 2016
I see what you were trying to say, Quizmaster, but I think BrosephStalin hit the nail on the head. I *do* consider myself very patriotic... toward my very imperfect – in all the ways BrosephStalin described – country. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
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level 60
Oct 26, 2016
The rest of the world finds the OTT patriotism in the USA very amusing.
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level 63
Dec 12, 2016
Apart from when the Ryder Cup is being played for in the US. The chants of 'USA,USA!" are a little boorish to say the least.
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level 77
Aug 31, 2017
People everywhere proclaim their country to be the best, the difference is when a Greek or Scotsman does this everyone just laughs and thinks it's cute. When an American does it people get defensive because they know the American actually has a case for being right, and this threatens their own ability to believe that whatever country they came from is best.

Also QM is sort of right. I don't believe that Americans in general are less patriotic than anyone else, though certainly there are a large percentage of Americans who don't even like their country. But as I said above, they are generally much much more ready to accept criticism and admit faults than others. They're often the first to point out problems with US history or culture or foreign policy. If they see someone from another country expressing pride they don't feel the need to immediately rush in and start pointing out all the ways the US is superior.
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level 54
Aug 31, 2017
What? Germans don't try to take responsibility for WWII? Is that why the swastika is banned, and they've paid so many billions in reparations, and so forth? The vast majority of regimes in Europe don't scarcely operate under the same regimes as they did in colonisation, and there is considerable public uproar against any positive portrayal of colonisation. But that's not even the point; the criticisms of the US don't arise from slavery or anything, they arise from issues right now, from things that continue to be problems. Blair is decidedly unpopular and France of course never joined the Iraq War that the US led, for example, many if not most Western countries have better race relations than the US, and decidedly few have such power-concentrating, two-party system. Most people from most countries don't believe their country is the best; when a Scotsman or Greek does it, that's an edge case. When the American does it it's actually representative of perhaps a majority.
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level 77
Sep 2, 2017
Are you responding to me, Allen? I agree about Germans owing up to their past mistakes. You might have misread my first comment. But then when you get to the part about race relations on through the end of your comment- that part is baloney based on false stereotypes.
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level 31
Sep 4, 2017
America has some claim to being the greatest country on earth but undoubtedly that title belongs to The UK or possibly China,Greece or Italy
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level 77
Jul 4, 2018
Based on what, WW2? Are you trying to give credit to the modern-day nation-states of Greece, China and Italy for all of the accomplishments of the many disparate peoples who came before and lived roughly in the same geographic area?
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level 72
Jul 4, 2018
HEY, NOBODY SHOULD HAVE(wait for the dastardly sounding little catchphrase) WMD!!!!! .....oh yeah, except us
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level 77
Jan 24, 2019
^actually except for the USA, France, the UK, Russia, and China. That's the basis for the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.
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level 19
Oct 2, 2013
Ah Man! Judah? kept guessing Judea
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level 72
Jul 4, 2018
Botwin?
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level 35
Dec 6, 2013
It would have been awesome if USA conquered ALL of North America, We would be biggest country and the only other country taking up a whole continent!
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level 61
Jun 20, 2016
Sounds like we've got a fan of Manifest Destiny here. You do realize that was seriously considered by many people in the early 1800's right? We actually could have annexed Mexico after the Mexican War but only annexed the northern frontier lands that are now states. Many considered Canada to simply be the part of British North America that hadn't been "freed". Even long after the war of 1812 incursions into Canada were favored by the more radical Democrats. If James K. Polk had his way, British Columbia would be part of the United States. There were even unauthorized military campaigns in Central America and the Caribbean.
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level 49
Aug 31, 2017
It wasn't quite 53-40, but Polk did a good job with the Canadian border. He pushed the envelope with Mexico and wanted Southern expansion of slavery, perhaps into Cuba.
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level 61
Aug 31, 2017
So, Polk was a Democrat, and advocated for expanding slavery and conquering other nations just to gain territory. That kind of sounds like what Republicans would be accused of in today's world! For those that pledge allegiance to a political party, just remember that political parties stand for whatever gets them the most votes. This is why their ideals change so radically as time goes on. Always vote for the candidate, not the party!
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level 57
Jan 24, 2019
This is partially true, but it is possible to pledge allegiance to a political party as it is at the time in full knowledge that more than a hundred years previously it has advocated what you disagreed with. Not every party stands for what will win it the most votes, otherwise every party would have the same policies. They usually have principles, even if they have not always had the same principles.
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level 34
Jun 29, 2016
You also wouldn't have Canada, which would suck
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level 71
Jul 16, 2016
Hell no! Americans would be lost without Mexican food and ice hockey. Love our neighbors ❀️
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level 77
Aug 31, 2017
Not necessarily agreeing with the original post here, but I don't think that if Canada or Mexico were absorbed into the USA that would have meant losing any food or sports enjoyed by the locals.
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level 35
Dec 10, 2013
I like how USA on there 4 times. LOVE IT!
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level 43
Oct 14, 2015
Why?
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level 34
Jun 29, 2016
I rest my case that America is not one of the least patriotic nations
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level 77
Aug 31, 2017
Because you've never once seen a person from any other place say something similar.
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level 49
Feb 22, 2014
In 1812, the USA declared war on Great Britain, not Canada. Canada was only created in 1867.
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level 77
Jul 15, 2014
but they didn't invade Great Britain.
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level 58
Jul 18, 2015
They invaded colonies of Britain and were fighting British troops, not Canadians. There weren't any Mounties up there in 1812!
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level 77
Jul 19, 2015
British troops, but not "Great British" troops. Great Britain is an island.
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level 41
Jul 21, 2015
the Dominion of Canada as a sovereign nation wasn't created until 1867, however the British colony that became the sovereign nation of Canada was called Canada before, during, and after 1812. Therefore it is still correct to say Canada was invaded. Great Britain wouldn't be correct anyway, as that's just the island comprised of England, Scotland, and Wales, not the whole empire/commonwealth.
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level 54
Aug 31, 2017
so write it was Britain, it is which country was invaded not which colony or territory
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level 54
Aug 31, 2017
but in fact Great Britain is short for the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, it's not really a significant point
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level 66
Sep 4, 2017
Great Britain is not short for the "United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland" Great Britain is not the same as the United Kingdom. Great Britain (consisting of England, Scotland and Wales) is a constituent of the sovereign nation called the "United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland".
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level 72
Jul 4, 2018
Yet a resident of Northern Ireland is granted a British passport and the demonym for the UK is British. Realistically, only the English day they're British, everyone else in the UK says they're Scottish, Irish, etc.
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level 58
Mar 7, 2014
The War of 1812 was technically not really an invasion - the British were in the US just as much as the US were in Canada (technically not yet Canada). It wasn't until 1813 that US gained control of Lake Erie and Western Ontario. However, in 1814, the British invaded and seized parts of Maine, Michigan, and Wisconsin, holding them for the duration of the war. You can't really say whether it was an invasion from either side.
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level 77
Jul 15, 2014
If troops were sent into a country it was an invasion.
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level 43
Jan 12, 2015
If troops are sent into a country which is not hostile to the sender of the troops, that surely is an invasion. But what if both (or all) countries arm heavily for some time and then send troops to one another's territories virtually at the same time? Is that an invasion? Was the start of the Six Days war in 1967 an Israeli invasion, for example?
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level 77
Jul 18, 2015
Two countries can simultaneously invade each other. If the troops enter someone else's territory, unwelcome, this is invasive.
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level 61
Jun 20, 2016
It was disputed territory, much of it inhabited almost entirely by the Native Americans and no one else. Both sides might have laid claim to it but neither controlled the bulk of the territory. It would be like Portugal and Spain fighting over the western Amazon in the 1500's.
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level 77
Jul 4, 2018
What was disputed territory?? Canada? Or Washington DC?
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level 77
Jul 15, 2014
cool quiz. Only missed Hungary.
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level 76
Mar 7, 2015
Got 'em all with 1:25 left.
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level 76
Jul 18, 2015
Just took the quiz again and missed two. I'm losing brain cells.
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level 76
Aug 31, 2017
Just took it again and missed four. Yikes! This is getting serious.
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level 25
May 9, 2015
For Persian invasion, could you accept Greece rather than just Athens or Sparta?
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level 77
Jul 18, 2015
Note about the dates: for most of this quiz the invasions are listed chronologically in descending order. Then when you get to the BC dates the order is fudged a little bit, maybe because when ordering it you were temporarily not thinking of the fact that bigger BC dates are farther back in time than smaller ones? Anyway, if you care to fix it...
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level 50
Jul 18, 2015
Please can you accept roman empire for rome?
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level 62
Jul 20, 2015
Don't think so. Rome was a republic at the time.
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level 57
Mar 5, 2016
Brilliant there were ones on here I didn't know about the first time
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level 70
May 26, 2016
In 1973, Egypt and Syria attacked Israel, and most of the fighting was in territory already controlled by Israel. Any incursions into territory then controlled by Egypt and Syria was after many days of intense fighting in areas held by Israel since 1967. I don't think that counts as an Israeli invasion. A more accurate question would be Egypt and Syria (attempted) - like the Spanish Armada question. You could make a case for the 1967 war, I suppose. While the war was certainly provoked by huge armed forces amassing on Israel's Egyptian and Syrian borders, Israel did make the first strikes, albeit in self-defense.
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level 61
Jun 20, 2016
It's a bit difficult when we're talking about disputed and occupied territory. The Palestinian Territories were de facto under Israeli control but de jure still part of Egypt, Syria, and Jordan (Gaza Strip, Golan Heights, and West Bank respectively). It was an invasion of those disputed territories and not clearly Israeli territory. I would agree that it should be marked as attempted because it's not like the Syrians and Egyptians would have opted for peace after the border battles.
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level 61
Jun 20, 2016
It seems like a very bad idea to invade Russia at all but especially as late as June. I know Hitler delayed his invasion from May until June 22 because he decided to intervene in the Balkans and North Africa first but I'm not as well versed on the Napoleonic Wars. You've already missed between one and two months of good weather if you start in June! While the Wehrmacht, had Hitler actually listened to his generals, could have taken Moscow as early as September, how did Napoleon ever think such a feat was mathematically possible? He was moving the Grand Army entirely on foot and horseback, not via rail and mechanized units.
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level 34
Jun 29, 2016
Got Rome, Persia and Scotland but forgot Iraq? I need to brush up on my modern history
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level 66
Dec 12, 2016
1812 ... France ... picture of Napoleon ... I had to name every country in Europe between Spain and Poland before I finally got to Russia. I know that June narrows it down, but I definitely don't remember the timeline of Napoleon's campaign.
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level 45
Dec 12, 2016
Best quiz in quite a while. Love it.
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level 77
Dec 13, 2016
What's with the timeline of the BC dates? You were logically working backwards before that.
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level ∞
Feb 20, 2017
Fixed
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level 48
Aug 31, 2017
Macedonia wasn't a country during Alexander's invasion of Persia. At the time it was a kingdom of Greece called Macedon.
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level 77
Aug 31, 2017
Greece also was not a country at the time.
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level 54
Aug 31, 2017
CupASoup doesn't say Greece was a country?
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level 77
Sep 2, 2017
And the quiz doesn't say that Macedonia was a country at the time of Alexander. What's your point?
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level 77
Sep 2, 2017
But Soup does say Macedon was a "kingdom of Greece"... whatever that means... if he's using Greece as a region then Macedonia could be used in the same way.
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level 31
Aug 31, 2017
Hahahaha.....23/24 and which one didn't i get.....USA going into Iraq !!!
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level 55
Sep 1, 2017
What about the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1950 or the Chinese invasion of Vietnam in 1979. Even the war in Korea or the war in Japan.
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level 56
Sep 1, 2017
What about them? This isn't a list of all invastions, or a list of all invasions that you want - it's not about you, Mr Needy
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level 28
Sep 1, 2017
Canada was not a country in 1812. It should be listed as United Kingdom, which we were a colony of at the time
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level 32
Sep 1, 2017
Good quiz did not get the ancient ones didn't realise Macedonia was next to Persia so guessed Thrace, Bulgaria and Greece instead. Did not know where Babylon was
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level 77
Sep 2, 2017
Pretty sure Alexander conquered Thrace and the rest of Greece before turning his attention to the Persian Empire, which at the time controlled Asia Minor.
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level 60
Jul 4, 2018
Why does it say "Tried" for Spain vs England? I dont think neither Napoleon or Hitler succeeded in invading Russia...
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level 69
Jul 4, 2018
Wrong, they both did invade Russia. They made it quite far, as a matter of fact. They both didn't *conquer* them, but that was not claimed. The Spanish Armada, though, even failed to actually enter Britain, as their ships didn't make it to the shore. Let's also not forget that on 1 March 2007, Switzerland invaded Liechtenstein... albeit not on purpose.
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level 77
Jul 4, 2018
The Spanish were destroyed at sea and never set foot on English soil. That's why they only attempted to invade.
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level 38
Jan 24, 2019
Americans are most patriotic when they are overseas. My Mother (an American) became an expatriate when she married my Dad. But any American tourist who found their way to our door (we lived on small islands and my parents were well known), were entertained and given the grand tour of whatever island we happened to be on. This was the '50s and '60s and Mom welcomed fellow Americans who would not even have spoken to her in a civil manner stateside. But, being overseas, they were very friendly. My perplexed Dad, who had read and heard of horrible injustices against Blacks in the US, once asked how she could entertain some of those people. Her response: "We're American".