All Modern-Day Countries Ever Controlled by French People

Below is a map of modern-day countries that were fully or partially under the control of France. Can you name them all?
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For this quiz, the definition of French people will be ethnic French and Gallicized minorities. Former countries that did not adopt French culture during their occupation (e.g. Nazi Germany) are not considered. French people that occupied other regions and lost their identities as time went on (e.g. Anglo-Normans) are also excluded
Tributaries and regions under heavy influence are included
Quiz by Iluvbread123
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Last updated: March 31, 2021
First submittedJanuary 26, 2021
Times taken3,620
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Country
Albania
Algeria
Andorra
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Australia
Austria
Bangladesh
Belarus
Belgium
Benin
Bolivia
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Brazil
Bulgaria
Burkina Faso
Cambodia
Cameroon
Canada
Central African Republic
Chad
Chile
China
Colombia
Comoros
Costa Rica
Croatia
Cuba
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Djibouti
Country
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
Estonia
France
Gabon
Gambia
Germany
Greece
Grenada
Guatemala
Guinea
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Hungary
India
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Ivory Coast
Jordan
Kenya
Kosovo
Laos
Latvia
Lebanon
Country
Libya
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Madagascar
Mali
Malta
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mexico
Moldova
Monaco
Morocco
Netherlands
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
North Macedonia
Norway
Palestine
Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Republic of the Congo
Romania
Russia
San Marino
Country
São Tomé and Principe
Senegal
Serbia
Seychelles
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Sri Lanka
St Kitts and Nevis
St. Lucia
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Suriname
Sweden
Switzerland
Syria
Taiwan
Thailand
Togo
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Ukraine
United Kingdom
United States
Uruguay
Vanuatu
Vatican City
Venezuela
Vietnam
Yemen
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Level 71
Mar 31, 2021
As this quiz is now featured, there will be at most 1 update per year to avoid resetting the stats too frequently. If there is any issue with the map, feel free to comment below and I will be noting that down for the following update
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Level 50
Jan 26, 2021
Nommed!
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Level 71
Jan 26, 2021
Thanks!
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Level 69
Jan 26, 2021
Tobago was virtually impossible to see! Nominated, such a fun quiz!!
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Level 71
Jan 26, 2021
Just added Tobago to the zoom :D Should be much better now
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Level 48
Jan 26, 2021
Damn a view of these were hard to see had to spent 4 minutes looking for them

Few of these are trinidad and tobago equatorial guinea and a few others could also be anoying to find other than that its a really good one nominated

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Level 71
Jan 26, 2021
Yeah I agree, some are really hidden, but there isn't a much better way to do it as adding too many zoom cams would ruin the purpose of the quiz
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Level 57
Jan 26, 2021
Good SVG! Good quiz! Nominated!
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Level 57
Jan 26, 2021
Missed EQ and Jordan. Had fun!
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Level 71
Jan 26, 2021
Thanks :D glad that you liked it
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Level 38
Jan 26, 2021
Excellent! Nominated! It's a very good work!

I find all of them quickly, excepting Equatorial Guinea, which I looked for around 4 minuts before finding it.

Oh, and don't forget: Vive la France!

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Level 71
Jan 26, 2021
Glad that you enjoyed it! Equatorial Guinea was indeed really sneaky, without the zoom feature, I don't see how anyone could've possibly noticed it. Thanks Poirot! Vive la France :D :flag_fr:
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Level 38
Mar 26, 2021
France will become featured once again with this uncredible quiz! Yahoo! Thanks a lot, and congratulations!
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Level 56
Jan 26, 2021
Amazing quiz! 5 stars and nominated
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Level 71
Jan 26, 2021
Thanks Dylan! Feels great to see people appreciating my work :D
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Level 59
Jan 26, 2021
I have nominated this quiz. It is very bon.
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Level 71
Jan 26, 2021
Thanks! That act was very baguette of you :D
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Level 49
Jan 28, 2021
Great Quiz! There are some very hidden countries, but I managed to get them all.
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Level 67
Feb 14, 2021
Au revoir so you are back with ze great quiz-zes wi wi!nominated.
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Level 71
Feb 14, 2021
This was actually just the 2nd quiz of this series, planning to expand it with some more interesting ethnic groups in the future :wink:
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Level 60
Mar 15, 2021
You spelled Guinea small in EG
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Level 71
Mar 15, 2021
I'll fix that in the upcoming update, thanks!
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Level 60
Mar 20, 2021
Great quiz already nommed, before being spotlighted ;)
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Level 71
Mar 20, 2021
Thanks Elboy, greatly appreciated ;D
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Level 52
Mar 20, 2021
This Quiz is Amazing! Nommed. I also like the strategic use of your spotlights. If I were you, I'd do exactly this.
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Level 71
Mar 20, 2021
Glad that you liked it!

But I literally did not get to pick either of the 2 spotlights I got, t'was just pure luck

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Level 65
Mar 20, 2021
I thought I missed some tiny Caribbean islands. Instead I managed to miss Eq.Guinea , Jordan and Bulgaria. Great quiz nonetheless. Nominated.
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Level 71
Mar 21, 2021
Thanks! Those were rather sneaky c;
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Level 53
Mar 20, 2021
When was San Marino ever under French rule or occupation? I think never.

While Sweden and Norway were not occupied by France, they were "ruled" by French people (and Sweden still is).

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Level 71
Mar 21, 2021
San Marino was a protectorate of the First French Empire

As for Sweden and Norway, I'll be leasing an update on that soon

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Level 51
Mar 20, 2021
I like how you include such detailed descriptions about each empire in your empire quizzes
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Level 71
Mar 21, 2021
It's a tactic
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Level 60
Mar 21, 2021
Nominated!
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Level 71
Mar 21, 2021
Thanks a lot Nate :D
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Level 50
Mar 22, 2021
First feature comin' up!
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Level 71
Mar 22, 2021
Yup ;D Looks like QM featured a total of 5 quizzes this week just to put mine on top
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Level 50
Mar 25, 2021
I wonder why he didn't feature the top 6 quizzes
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Level 69
Mar 22, 2021
Waiting for this to be featured, huge amounts of good luck!
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Level 71
Mar 22, 2021
Thanks a lot Fuse, couldn't have gotten here without everyone's support :D
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Level 52
Mar 22, 2021
Congrats on your first feature(in advance) looks like this series is your breakthrough! You have 5 or 6 quizzes with 15+ noms from it.
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Level 71
Mar 22, 2021
Thanks! I genuinely hope it does carry the rest of this series! The two spotlights I've gotten have really helped me out a lot. Initially I was expecting the feature to be around May, but at this rate it should happen on March 29th :D
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Level 23
Mar 23, 2021
Second try lets go! Surprising that the least guessed country had 78%!
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Level 71
Mar 23, 2021
I wouldn't say it's that surprising, most people that reach here are fairly active on the site and probably do know all the countries recognized by the website as well as some background knowledge of history
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Level 51
Mar 23, 2021
Very good quiz, great job. Obviously nommed.
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Level 51
Mar 23, 2021
well at least when my countdown finally refreshes :D
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Level 51
Mar 23, 2021
i nommed
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Level 71
Mar 24, 2021
Thanks!
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Level 51
Mar 23, 2021
One question, when did France control Brazil?
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Level 71
Mar 24, 2021
Portugal was once a French tributary
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Level 68
Mar 30, 2021
When?
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Level 71
Mar 30, 2021
Unfortunately I can no longer find the source I used on that, but at least a part of Brazil was once under Spanish control, which was ruled by the House of Bourbon. I have corrected my map according to that, and hopefully the update should be leased soon
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Level 51
Mar 24, 2021
89 nominations - congrats, well-deserved! Hopefully it won't beat the record :)
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Level 71
Mar 24, 2021
Thanks!

Considering this quiz grows like 10 noms a day now, it should beat the record on Monday, I'll hope that curve wont bend downwards XD

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Level 58
Mar 24, 2021
Recently Spotlighted? Never seen that before
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Level 58
Mar 24, 2021
Congrats on nominations by the way! 90th nomination gang
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Level 71
Mar 24, 2021
This quiz was spotlighted on the 3rd day, should still be on the list there as of writing this comment ;D
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Level 56
Mar 25, 2021
Amazing job!!! Congratulations on 99 nominations! Is that a record?
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Level 50
Mar 25, 2021
No 32 nominations below 1st place!
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Level 52
Mar 25, 2021
He will certainly reach 100, but I dunno about the record
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Level 71
Mar 26, 2021
Judging by the current figures, I probably won't
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Level 57
Mar 27, 2021
Yes. You were receiving so many daily nominations due to the spotlight, and it has moved down in the list now. Currently, you are only getting a few at a time from the most nominated page.
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Level 44
Mar 25, 2021
Great quiz! Your welcome for your hundredth nomination!
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Level 71
Mar 26, 2021
Thanks :D
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Level 62
Mar 26, 2021
Congrats on soon-to-be feature!
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Level 71
Mar 26, 2021
Thanks Chen :D
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Level 30
Mar 29, 2021
Congrats on your first feature!!!!!!
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Level 71
Mar 29, 2021
Thanks :D
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Level 80
Mar 29, 2021
I got to 100 and then I couldn't see the last two. I had to zoom in on Africa to see the tiny bits of Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea.
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Level 71
Mar 29, 2021
They were quite sneaky not gonna lie, but that's the whole point of this quiz ;D
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Level 57
Mar 29, 2021
Congrats on your first feature!
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Level 71
Mar 29, 2021
Thanks!
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Level 63
Mar 29, 2021
Well done on the feature man, really well-deserved!
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Level 71
Mar 29, 2021
Thanks! And corntags for being the 69th (nice) comment on the quiz ;D
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Level 50
Mar 29, 2021
🌟💫✨ FIRST FEATURE!
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Level 71
Mar 29, 2021
yup :sunglase:
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Level 69
Mar 29, 2021
Great job with the feature, Bread!
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Level 71
Mar 29, 2021
Thanks a lot Fuse, I actually wouldn't have made this many SVG quizzes without your help :D
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Level 34
Mar 29, 2021
first English feature, Good job, I can't wait for more!
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Level 71
Mar 29, 2021
Thanks! I'm hoping for more hehe
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Level 73
Mar 29, 2021
I really thought that Mozambique would be one. I had no idea that it was never controlled by France. Next to Cote D'ivoir, it has the most French sounding name in Africa.
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Level 71
Mar 29, 2021
Mozambique? Near Côte d'Ivoire?
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Level 44
Mar 29, 2021
I think he/she means that Mozambique’s name sounds French, just like Côte d’Ivoire.
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Level 71
Mar 29, 2021
Ah, that makes sense now. Mozambique does kinda sound French but it was actually a Portuguese colony that was never really under French control
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Level 51
Mar 29, 2021
congrats on the feature! hope to see more in the future :)
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Level 71
Mar 29, 2021
Thanks! I'm hoping for some other of my quizzes to be featured too hehe
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Level 44
Mar 29, 2021
Congratulations on your first featured quiz!
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Level 71
Mar 29, 2021
Thanks!
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Level 78
Mar 29, 2021
Cyprus was ruled by French kings for a few centuries.
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Level 71
Mar 30, 2021
Thanks! I've just updated the quiz, it's currently pending for approval
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Level 51
Mar 30, 2021
I'm not sure if QM will approve the change - because adding Cyprus would reset the stats only after a day of the quiz being featured
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Level 67
Mar 30, 2021
When was Barbados ruled by the French?
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Level 71
Mar 30, 2021
I've misread the article about Barbados whilst researching, the change is now pending for review. Thanks!
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Level 68
Mar 30, 2021
What is your source? I understand there are all former French colonies, but what about Hungary, or Albania, or Sweden?
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Level 71
Mar 30, 2021
Sweden had and still have French monarchs, and as for the massive chunk of Europe, it was all because of Napoleon Bonaparte
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Level 62
Mar 30, 2021
Norway has never been under control of France.
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Level 71
Mar 30, 2021
It wasn't, but it was once led by French monarchs. You can search up the House of Bernardotte for more details
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Level 66
Mar 30, 2021
Where's Poland-Lithuania? Henry III of France doesn't count?
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Level 71
Mar 30, 2021
Thanks, just updated the map yet again. Let's just hope this change gets approved lol
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Level 68
Mar 31, 2021
The island of Mauritius does not turn green (only the circle around it does) when you answer it correctly. Had me confused when I couldn't find Trinidad. Same thing goes for Comoros, I think, but it's harder to tell.
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Level 68
Mar 31, 2021
Looks impressive, but now I wonder if the same map for German People is close to 100% green: Take this map and add the British Empire, the Russian Empire, the Austrian Empire, the Dutch Empire, and the German Empire (and remove some African countries because Vichy lost control).
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Level 54
Apr 1, 2021
easy
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Level 74
Apr 1, 2021
I think Montenegro should be included, parts of it were controlled by Napoleon in the beginning of 19th century.
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Level 66
Apr 1, 2021
Congrats on the feature! This is a great quiz :) There's a lot on here I'm curious about. If you have answers or sources I'd love it!

1. When did the French control so much land in India? I'm only familiar with their rule in Pondicherry and maybe a few other coastal towns, but I never realized they went so deep into India!

2. Why did they control a small territory in the middle of Nigeria?

3. How did they get so much territory in Turkey? Did they capture it somehow from the Ottomans, or did they capture it some other time?

4. Where did the territory in southern China come from? When I look up "French Indochina," Wikipedia seems to imply that their rule didn't go beyond the borders of Laos/Vietnam/Cambodia.

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Level 71
Apr 2, 2021
Thanks!

1. It was part of the First French colonial empire

2. Enclaves of Forcados and Badjibo

3. Kingdom of Cilicia

4. French sphere of influence in China

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Level 74
Apr 4, 2021
Saint Alouarn explored Shark Bay in Western Australia in 1772 and made a claim of this land on behalf of France, but there was no European settlement made at the time and this is really no different to when Cook visited Eastern Australia 2 years earlier and claimed it for the British. If the quiz is about places that were "controlled" by French people, then the Shark Bay claim doesn't make sense because no follow up expedition ever intended to settle Western Australia.
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Level 71
Apr 4, 2021
Dirk Hartog island
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Level 74
Apr 4, 2021
I edited my post as you were replying I think. I think you've construed a land claim for control, because the two things are not the same in my view. The French didn't settle and nobody came to ever follow up the claim.
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Level 71
Apr 4, 2021
Seems like that one was an unrecognized claim. Thanks, will remove in the upcoming update
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Level 53
Apr 5, 2021
Is there any way to change the colour settings? To the colour blind these shades of yellow and green are awefully close.
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Level 71
Apr 5, 2021
I'm not sure but maybe the colorblind settings in "Your Account" can help