Most Recently-Settled Countries

Name the countries of the world whose territory was not settled by human beings until after the start of the Christian era.
According to Wikipedia. Their list is incomplete.
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Last updated: December 29, 2016
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Year
First Settled By
Country
1770
French
Seychelles
1638
Dutch
Mauritius
1485
Portuguese
São Tomé and Príncipe
1462
Portuguese
Cape Verde
1250
Polynesians
New Zealand
874
Norse
Iceland
850
Taino
Bahamas
550
Various
Comoros
500
Borneans
Madagascar
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Level 79
Dec 29, 2016
Excellent idea!
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Level 63
Dec 29, 2016
I got 6/9. I'm happy with that!
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Level 63
Apr 4, 2017
Four months later and I got 9/9
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Level 57
Apr 4, 2017
Needed four months to learn three countries? :-D SCNR.
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Level 52
Apr 4, 2021
ikr remember the spelling of Seychelles and Mauritius and your good to go
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Level 72
Dec 29, 2016
Wow, I had no idea most of the island nations around Africa were uninhabited until the Europeans came. I also didn't know NZ was settled so late.
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Level 66
Aug 24, 2019
I'm especially surprised regarding Seychelles and Mauritius, considering the Indian Ocean was sailed by merchants from many countries.
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Level 72
Aug 24, 2019
Yes - further north though. Reunion, Mauritius, Rodrigues, and the Seychelles weren't on any common trade routes. Same for the Chagos Archipelago.
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Level 49
Nov 25, 2021
Madagascar was settled by asian people
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Level 56
Nov 28, 2021
Interesting right
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Level 61
Dec 30, 2016
5 star quiz!
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Level 65
Dec 30, 2016
Not too hard since I recently watched a video about it. Pretty cool!
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Level 68
Apr 4, 2017
I saw that video too! Definitely helped me on the quiz.
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Level 44
Apr 4, 2017
Me too
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Level 36
Apr 4, 2017
I watch all of his videos.
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Level 63
Sep 5, 2017
Yay! Reallifelore! Yay!!!!!
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Level 68
Aug 24, 2019
RealLifeLore gang
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Level 54
Nov 22, 2020
yes! reallifelore is the 2nd best youtuber :)
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Level 52
Apr 4, 2021
same
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Level 81
Dec 31, 2016
I kept thinking "no, not NZ because Maori". No idea they came that late!
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Level 45
Jan 1, 2017
Same here!
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Level 73
Apr 7, 2017
And here..
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Level 63
Apr 21, 2021
Also interesting to note that the Maori and the Australian Aborigines are very different from each other, as the Aborgines walked from Asia when there was a landbridge 70,000 years ago, while New Zealand was settled by Polynesians
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Level 65
Nov 25, 2021
Aborigine isn't really commonly used in academics anymore (or quiz sites, I assume). You can find a PDF for schoolchildren to learn better terms by Googling "Appropriate Terminology, Indigenous Australian Peoples". It's a fun PDF with lots of colours and activities!
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Level 68
Dec 31, 2016
Got everything but Madagascar. When I saw Borneans, I started going through every Oceania and SE Asian country. Didn't even think about countries to the west. Very interesting.
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Level 47
Oct 30, 2018
happened to know that strange fact beforehand
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Level 67
Aug 24, 2019
I did the same, but after seeing the answer, i realised i allready knew that, well not borneans specifically, but that region, and not settled by africans or europeans
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Level 90
Jan 27, 2017
I was curious as to why the quiz stopped at 9, and the next step jumps back 1500 years to Vanuatu and Samoa at 1000 BC. Yeah, probably a good place to cut!
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Level 65
Apr 4, 2017
If I could spell Mauritania and Mauritius correctly and consistently as I knew them to be correct...
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Level 47
Oct 30, 2018
Maur(more), i t i, us
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Level 66
Apr 4, 2017
Cool moa picture.
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Level 64
Apr 21, 2017
Why isn't Capo Verde accepted?
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Level 27
Apr 26, 2017
Because it isn't the name of the country.
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Level 63
Aug 24, 2019
Did you mean Cape Verde? Cabo Verde?
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Level 85
Aug 25, 2019
Wasn't Capo Verde part of the Green Mafia?
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Level 72
Mar 27, 2018
Is there a better clue than "various" possible?
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Level 47
Oct 30, 2018
so many in the Indian
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Level 83
Dec 14, 2018
Strange that the Bahamas were settled so much later than Cuba, Haiti, Dominican Republic, etc.
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Level 76
Apr 20, 2020
As far as I know, the Taino were the only ones, at the time, really exploring those waters. Since they came from either South or Central America, the Bahamas would be quite far away.
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Level 62
Sep 15, 2021
You're no doubt correct. But being only 50 miles from Florida, it's just hard to fathom never being discovered! But I guess it comes down to the extent each civilization explored the oceans.
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Level 60
Sep 24, 2020
Wow, every island nation from Africa?
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Level 64
Oct 15, 2021
Anyone else find it hard to believe that these places were actually devoid of humans until the "Christian Era" when written history probably started recording things a bit more? I'm not usually into conspiracy theories that much, but it just seems unlikely to me. I don't know, it just doesn't smell right lol.
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Level 83
Nov 25, 2021
These are all island countries, and most are pretty remote, most are pretty tiny, so, no, not at all. You think that someone from ancient Sumeria sailed to New Zealand, saw some people there, but just forgot to write it down?

There are still uninhabited islands in the world today.

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Level 83
Nov 25, 2021
I actually find it more remarkable that by the 13th century, before the invention of GPS, flight, electricity, internal combustion, refrigeration, the steam engine, modern sailing ships, or the traverse board... and only a short while after the development of magnetic compasses used for maritime navigation... human beings had spread to basically every habitable land mass in the world bigger than 1500 square miles. That's crazy.
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Level 65
Nov 25, 2021
In the tens of thousands of years of pre-history, I'm sure that plenty of humans left the African continent and randomly sailed off into the great blue yonder. What are the odds that they'd land on a speck of an island in the middle of a gigantic blue ocean and have enough people to actually survive and develop a community? Maybe some random paleolithic man happened to walk across one of the shores of Mauritius... but then what? Boat technology was pretty bad until the Middle Ages. Even if even a small group of humans randomly found Mauritius or Cape Verde, it's very unlikely that it would become populated even for a generation. They probably couldn't get home because of ocean currents, so it seems probable that there'd be fairly large islands that weren't populated by humans until sailing technology was at least somewhat reliable.
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Level 51
Nov 25, 2021
Insofar as I know, of all islands not visible on a clear day from the African mainland, only the Canary Islands and Socotra were settled by Africans. I think a lot of this can be explained by the comparative lack of thessalocratic countries in African history. That's why it was primarily outsiders who discovered and first settled these places. It wasn't just Europeans but Arabs and (famously in the case of Madagascar) Austronesians as well.
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Level 66
Nov 25, 2021
So you're telling me that all these South Pacific island countries were settled before New Zealand?
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Level 75
Nov 25, 2021
Yes, the trade winds helped Polynesians explore the other Pacific islands first. NZ was the last major land mass in the Pacific to be settled by humans.
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Level 83
Nov 25, 2021
New Zealand is bigger, but it's also extremely remote. Not only is it further west than most of those countries and much further south, it's also just very isolated with not much around it. If you zoom in closely to countries in Polynesia, Micronesia, and Melanesia you'll see that there are tons of little islands scattered about making hopping from one to the next much more feasible for people without modern sailing ships. New Zealand is just off to one corner by itself...

This, and the fact that prevailing winds don't blow as much toward NZ, make it one of the safest places in the world to flee to in case of a large-scale nuclear war.

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Level 56
Nov 28, 2021
Missed Mauritius and Sao Tome