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Territorial Accessions

Guess these territories that changed hands.
This quiz deals with de-facto control, not political recognition
Could be a military conquest, purchase, or peaceful handover
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Last updated: May 22, 2014
First submittedMay 22, 2014
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Year
Old Owner
New Owner
Territory
2014
Ukraine
Russia
Crimea
2008
Georgia
Russia
South Ossetia
1999
Portugal
China
Macau
1997
United Kingdom
China
Hong Kong
1982
Israel
Egypt
Sinai
1967
Jordan
Israel
West Bank
1961
Portugal
India
Goa
1951
de-facto
independent
China
Tibet
1938
independent
Germany
Austria
1919
Germany
France
Alsace-Lorraine
Year
Old Owner
New Owner
Territory
1898
Spain
United States
Guam
Philippines
Puerto Rico
1867
Russia
United States
Alaska
1845
independent
United States
Texas
1803
France
United States
Louisiana
1769
independent
France
Corsica
1713
Spain
Great Britain
Gibraltar
1283
de-facto
independent
England
Wales
30 BC
independent
Rome
Egypt
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level 73
May 22, 2014
Meant Tibet...typed Nepal. Crap! This was a tough one for me. I liked it though.
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level 84
Sep 24, 2014
Had a similar slip, put Costa Rica instead of Puerto Rico. Close enough, right?
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level 55
May 27, 2014
I put "everything' for the Rome question.
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level 64
Jun 4, 2014
Yeah this is not a very narrowing clue. At the height of the empire, which is around 0 AD, Rome controlled everything from Scotland to Morocco to Persia.
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level 77
Jun 4, 2014
I got the Rome one. Missed Corsica. Several of these empires have annexed many different territories but that doesn't mean it's impossible to figure out which one based on the hints or with a little guesswork.
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level 65
Sep 15, 2016
The height of the empire is around 130 AD, please
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level 74
Sep 16, 2016
Bit of an exaggeration. Rome mounted a full invasion of Britain in 43 AD and never really held most of Scotland.
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level 38
May 31, 2014
Germany also annexed the Sudetenland in 1938. The appeasement of Hitler by the other European powers is considered to have been one factor which emboldened him to invade Poland.
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level 69
May 31, 2014
True about the Sudetenland, but as part of Czechoslovakia it was not independent as stated in the clue.
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level 57
May 31, 2014
I could be wrong but didn't Genoa control Corsica before France took it over
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level 54
May 31, 2014
Corsica declared itself independent from Genoa in 1755, but no one recognized it outside Corsica. France bought the island from Genoa in 1767 but didn't smash the independent government until 1769. I think Genoa to France in 1767 would be the correct hints here.
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level 52
Aug 19, 2014
I agree, France buyed Corsica from Genoa, it wasn't indipendent.
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level 69
Jan 19, 2016
I disagree. If the island was effectively ruling itself for a decade, then whatever bureaucratic excuse two invaders use to justify their actions is meaningless. (although it could be added "de facto" as in other clues).
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level 71
Sep 15, 2016
I am no expert but i would guess genoa should be allowed as an answer
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level 73
Sep 15, 2016
I agree with fisherm421 AND rocamorar, Corisca was formally sold to France by Genoa because the island was too much a hassle to rule. They never really got a grasp on it and, never knowing what to do with it, they prefered to sell the problem away to another fool (ignoring of course that roughly a year later, Napoleon Bonaparte would be born a French citizen on the island ;). Thus, you could perfectly tell it was "De facto independent". scanmbigol -> Nope, you got it backwards. It was formally Genoan and de facto independent, before being sold to France.
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level 69
Sep 15, 2016
The quiz does ask for the de facto status of the territories it includes and on that basis Corsica was indeed independent at the time specified. I think it's that simple.
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level 54
May 31, 2014
Also, South Ossetia is not a part of Russia. It's recognized by Georgia and most nations as part of their territory still. It is recognized as an independent nation by Russia however.
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level 54
May 31, 2014
And Cuba was also won by the US from Spain in 1898.
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level 35
May 31, 2014
Cuba was given independence in 1898. The United States did have some say in Cuban affairs, but Cuba did not actually become part of the United States.
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level 54
May 31, 2014
Cuba did not gain independence from the US until 1902.
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level 80
Sep 15, 2016
Cuba was a protectorate under de-facto US control. It certainly fits here.
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level 68
Sep 15, 2016
Yup, Cuba was "given" "independence" (other than at Guantanamo Bay, I guess?) after the U.S. intervened in 1898 to ensure that local forces would not win their own war of independence. Long live the Platt Amendment - symbol of freedom the world over!
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level 38
Aug 20, 2015
Agree. Cuba should be added to that list.
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level 38
Mar 10, 2018
If Cuba was given its independence, then it was not ruled by the USA.
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level 56
Jun 3, 2014
Top quiz!
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level 62
Apr 27, 2015
Wow, what a great quiz. I honestly thought I wasn't going to do so well, but I got most of them, and the ones I didn't I'd forgotten about. Thanks
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level 47
Sep 15, 2016
I couldn't spell Alsace-Lorraine and didn't get it :(
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level 39
Sep 15, 2016
Got all, 30 seconds left. Yay!
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level 81
Sep 15, 2016
I don't think that the comment above about Rome controlling "everything" in 0 BC is correct - England not until about 50 years later, "Scotland" not really ever (maybe lower Scotland between the two walls), and Mesopotamia/to the Persian Gulf (Parthia) not until about 100 AD and never very effectively.
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level 68
Sep 15, 2016
Just checked my map - it turns out that there were some parts of the Americas, Africa and Asia not controlled by the Roman Empire as well!
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level 59
Sep 15, 2016
Abkhazia should work for 2008 the same way as South Ossetia.
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level 44
Sep 16, 2016
Tried a million different spellings of Abkhazia before giving up.
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level 80
Sep 15, 2016
Why is Cuba excluded? It didn't gain independence until 1902 and was a protectorate of the United States following the Spanish American war. I understand the argument that Cuba had pseudo independence, as Spain relinquished control without a shift to American control specified in the Treaty of Paris, and was never formally annexed, but it seems silly to exclude it. It was very much American controlled. You did specify de facto control, which the US definitely had. I assume it's the same logic behind included illegally occupied Russian "acquisitions." Please add Cuba.
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level 44
Sep 16, 2016
I can't believe that even history quizzes are US-centric.....
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level 62
Sep 17, 2016
Another "this quiz is too US-centric" comment.
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level 44
Sep 18, 2016
6 out of 20..... in a history quiz......
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level 77
Sep 22, 2016
Translation from European:

"This quiz is too US-centric!" ==> This quiz contains questions about the United States which I don't know the answers to, because I know mostly about Europe and would prefer that the US did not exist.

"How about some questions about the rest of the world?" ==> How about some more questions about Europe, specifically whichever country I live in and those nearby, as, like all human beings on Earth, I am concerned primarily with local geography. I don't really know much about Nepal or Botswana or Uruguay, either. "The world" can be understood to mean Europe, or Western Europe more specifically.

I'm starting to pick up on the local lingo after spending the last two years traveling around here. People here are upset that Americans don't know about "geography." By which they mean their country. Because they certainly don't know about any others. I've quizzed them and they always fail.

Anyway. back to our regularly scheduled program
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level 77
Sep 22, 2016
and, crem, you know that the United States has history, too, right? One of the US questions is a multi-part answer. 4/17 accessions here include the US (while also including other countries). You could say the United States is seen in 4 out of 34 clues. Europe is seen in 20 out of 34 clues, even though in terms of geographical size, population, and GDP Europe is roughly equal to the USA. In terms of historical significance since prehistory, Europe exceeds the USA. But in terms of historical significance in the past century? The history that most average people might be familiar with? That's more or less equal and the closer you get to present day the more it tips away from Europe.
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level 44
Sep 22, 2016
I can't believe you are saying that United States are as important as whole Europe just because their "population and territory are equal". Historically, there were much more important territorial accessions than United States stealing American continent. I'm surprised not to see someones taking over of Jerusalem in this quiz....
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level 44
Sep 22, 2016
Since prehistory, people lived mostly in Europe, Middle East and Northern Africa. I'm not saying that United States don't have history, but it's history is significantly shorter then, for example, Greek, Egyptian, Russian, French, Armenian, Serbian, Italian, Turkish, Iranian, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Sudanese, Bulgarian, Polish, Austrian, Czech, Hungarian and so on.... Those nations have much richer history then United States, which doesn't even have a nation, it's just random people from all over the world in one country :)
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level 44
Sep 22, 2016
All of those countries and nations i mentioned exist for a really long time, and have gone through a lot. United States is just a country founded couple of centuries ago by capitalists, who are getting richer and richer every day by taking money and starting wars between all of those nations i mentioned earlier. Civilians are bravely dying in those wars while Americans are just taking all they have.
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level 37
Oct 16, 2016
eurocrem your comment is extremely ignorant. That's one of the stupidest rants I've ever heard.
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level 38
Mar 10, 2018
Damn! Typed "Corci..." for the 1769 France question, then changed my mind.
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level 43
Oct 30, 2018
um...wasn't corsica part of Piedmont-Sardinia???
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level 63
Jul 8, 2019
I didn't get Gibraltar because I spelt it "Gibralta". Damn.
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level 56
Sep 2, 2019
South Ossetia is not a part of Russia...