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Colonies of Africa with a Map

Can you name all of the European colonies in Africa in 1913?
Not counting the Tangier International Zone
Based on this map
Quiz by Jiaozira
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Last updated: November 14, 2018
First submittedJanuary 19, 2018
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Belgium
Belgian Congo
Ruanda-Urundi
 
France
Algeria
Comoros
French
Equatorial Africa
French Morocco
French Somaliland
French West Africa
Ivory Coast
Madagascar
Reunion
Tunisia
 
Germany
Kamerun
German East Africa
German
Southwest Africa
Togoland
 
Italy
Eritrea
Italian Somaliland
Libya
Portugal
Angola
Cabinda
Cape Verde
Madeira
Mozambique
Portuguese Guinea
Sao Tome
 
Spain
Canary Islands
Fernando Poo
Rio Muni
Rio de Oro
Spanish Morocco
 
United Kingdom
Basutoland
Bechuanaland
British Somaliland
Egypt
Gambia
Gold Coast
British East Africa
Mauritius
Nigeria
Northern Rhodesia
Nyasaland
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
South Africa
Southern Rhodesia
Sudan
Swaziland
Uganda
Walvis Bay
Zanzibar
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level 63
Jan 18, 2018
Fantastic quiz!
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level 71
Jan 19, 2018
great! when you answer Mauritius, Reunion gets coloured in, too. it would be nice if countries got coloured in according to their group. I have done this in some quizzes by colouring in the map shapes and then covering them with 'yellow' shapes that disappear when you guess the answer (by using the svg-correct tag) - I hope that makes at least some sense!
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level 61
Jan 26, 2018
I was considering doing that, actually. I like that style of map. The main reason I didn't was because there would be so many colours and it might not look as good in the end. I'm seriously considering that style for when I make a Colonies of the Americas quiz :)
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level 70
Jan 19, 2018
Great one! :)
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level 66
Jan 20, 2018
Cabinda used to be Portuguese, not British.
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level 75
Jan 26, 2018
Quick shout out to Fernando poo! Solid name that.
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level 73
Nov 13, 2018
It's what I think of most ABBA songs.
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level 75
Nov 13, 2018
I concur
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level 63
Nov 13, 2018
I got that one by typing "Bamako", for some reason, while trying to guess French West Africa
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level 77
Jan 8, 2019
Some Spanish sailor takes a dump off the side of his ship and it counts as a colony?
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level 60
Jan 26, 2018
Yes! Testing my knowledge of things I will never use in life. That's the best kind of knowledge!
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level 45
Jan 26, 2018
I said French North Africa, not west africa... oh well Nice Quiz though:D
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level 61
Jan 26, 2018
what about "cape colony" for south africa?
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level 73
Nov 13, 2018
What about "Iowa" for USA on a quiz looking for the country name?
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level 67
Nov 14, 2018
The Union of South Africa had already formed by 1913. It's hardly the same thing as Iowa for the U.S. Cape Colony and Natal had earlier been governed separately, as had the Transvaal and Orange Free State. So, it's more like guessing Newfoundland on a quiz of American colonies in 1950.
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level 71
Jan 27, 2018
when you answer Mauritius, Reunion gets colored. And Cyprus gets colored when you answer Canary islands
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level ∞
Nov 12, 2018
This has been fixed
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level 73
Nov 13, 2018
I think it was a Freudian slip. Cyprus is part of neither Asia or Europe, it's Africa.
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level 77
Jan 27, 2018
I tried Rhodesia. Didn't realize there were northern and southern parts.
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level 62
Jan 28, 2018
Southern Rhodesia only changed its name in 1965 when it declared UDI (Unilateral Declaration of Independence), as their argument was that Northern Rhodesia was now Zambia (having got its independence in 1964) so there is no reason to keep the Southern in the name. As Britain saw the whole affair as illegitimate, when Britain took over the colony again between 1979 until independence in 1980, the name was changed back to Southern Rhodesia.
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level 70
Nov 13, 2018
Not quite - in the brief interlude in79/80 it was called Zimbabwe-Rhodesia.
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level 67
Jan 29, 2018
I typed in "german east africa" and "german south west africa", but for some reason it wasn't accepted...
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level 74
Jan 30, 2018
because "German" is already filled in.
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level 73
Nov 13, 2018
I only see a map with no words anywhere, no idea where any answers are partly given while taking the test.
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level 74
Nov 13, 2018
On mobile maybe? I see the table to the right of the map on PC.
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level 55
Jan 30, 2018
Accept Tanganyika for German East Africa please - also, wasn't Ruanda-Urundi actually German?
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level ∞
Nov 12, 2018
Tanganyika will work now
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level 37
Jan 8, 2019
Thank you for suggesting this as an alternative option as "Tanganyika" was the first guess I put in.
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level 66
May 7, 2019
Tanganika was its name under British rule after World War One. If we are talking about 1913 then the only acceptable name is German East Africa
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level 86
Nov 12, 2018
The Canary Islands are a province of Spain since at least 1833 so they're not a colony.
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level 83
Nov 12, 2018
Wakanda forever!
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level 72
Nov 13, 2018
Can't believe I missed Fernando Poo.
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level 63
Nov 13, 2018
Madeira was never an African colony
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level 67
Nov 13, 2018
It's geographically part of Africa
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level 86
Nov 15, 2018
The quiz is titled "Colonies of Africa". Doesn't matter where geographically is, it wasn't a colony.
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level 74
Nov 13, 2018
The source map includes several mistakes, some mentioned already above:
- Cabinda was Portuguese, not British
- Ruanda-Urundi didn't exist in 1913, it was part of German East Africa and first occupied by Belgium only in 1916
- though it doesn't affect the list, Kamerun was bigger in 1913, see Neukamerun
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level ∞
Nov 14, 2018
Changed Cabinda. I don't know about the other two. I assume you are probably correct, but it would require hours of work to change. I was a little reluctant to feature this quiz for the reason that it's almost impossible to be 100% accurate and maps are very time consuming.
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level 61
Jan 8, 2019
Goudkust/goldcoast being british surprised me. I have allways known it to be dutch. Apparently it was. but "only" from 1598 till 1872 So I guess it falls outside of the parameters of this quiz.
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level 65
Nov 14, 2018
Boy this is obscene.
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level 72
Jan 8, 2019
what is obscene about it
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level 66
Apr 29, 2019
Maybe they meant obscure?
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level 69
Nov 14, 2018
I have seen "Bechuana" on some old maps, so I didn't enter "Bechuanaland." Could you allow the shorter version as well?
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level ∞
Nov 14, 2018
Sure. I turned it into a fill-in-the-blank so you won't have to type "land".
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level 73
Jan 8, 2019
Would it be possible to do the same for Nyasaland?
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level 42
Dec 30, 2018
Please remove the parenthesis from some of the colonies names. This prevents the quiz from being done
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level 72
Jan 8, 2019
Walvis bay is a bit of a grey area. By 1913 it was just a part of South Africa. In fact they hung onto it for dear life. Even after Namibia's independence, SA still retained it for a while, mostly to keep strategic access to the areas fishing rights
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level 41
Jan 8, 2019
Great quiz! <3 It’s so interesting seeing how the borders have changed between then and today’s Africa and the country names too, how they often renamed themselves after independence to emphasise their new freedom :)
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level 61
Jan 8, 2019
Comorros should be accepted, as that is how it is written on the rest of this site (and admitedly how I learned it, cause it was one of the few countries I had never heard of before)
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level 61
Jan 8, 2019
ok... now that is weird... Apparently it is without any double consonants.. While I was certain it had double vowels ( though could never quite remember if it was commoros or comorros) And this is the only Place I have ever seen the word
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level 59
Jan 8, 2019
Hands up everyone who got Fernando Poo because they read Illuminatus!
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level 51
Jan 8, 2019
According to Wikipedia, Ruanda-Urundi was part of Belgium in 1922, in 1913 Ruanda-Urundi was part of the German Empire (part of German East Africa)
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level 63
Jan 8, 2019
I believe Malagasy should be acceptable for Madagascar (perhaps even the primary option), since that was the more common name at the time
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level 63
Jan 8, 2019
"Equatorial Guinea" is currently accepted as an alternative for French Equatorial Africa, a massive territory that does NOT include present-day Equatorial Guinea--then separate Rio Muni (mainland) and Fernado Poo (island). Is this a mistake?
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level 26
Jan 8, 2019
Madeira is part of Portugal, not a colony in Africa, it's very confusing seeing Madeira in that list, it's like put Sardegna Island as a italian colony, it does't make sense
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level 65
Jan 9, 2019
Ruanda-Urundi did not exist as a separate colony in 1913. It was part of German East Africa. That part of German East Africa that went to Belgium, rather than the UK or Portugal, after the war was called Ruanda-Urundi.
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level 49
Jan 9, 2019
Some type-in issues: You really need to accept just "Swazi" for "Swaziland" given you accept this for all similar answers. I also was not a fan of not being able to type in "Belgian Congo", "Spanish Morocco" given these are the actual names of the colonies. It was somewhat annoying to have to check which words were underlined. I also believe that Anglo-Egyptian Sudan should be accepted (filling in both Egypt and Sudan) given that the condominium began in 1899, before the date of this quiz. Fun quiz overall, though.
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level 50
Jan 18, 2019
Can't you please accept "Canarias" or "Islas Canarias" for Canary Island? I knew it was there, but I didn't know how it is called in English
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level 53
Mar 7, 2019
Good old Fernando Poo
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level 66
Apr 29, 2019
Would it be possible to have Spanish Guinea as a type-in for both Rio Muni and Fernando Poo? My understanding is that they were collectively called that name at that time, even though they weren’t officially incorporated into that name until 1923.
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level 66
May 7, 2019
Everyone seems to have their favourite request for modification of this map or request to be lenient in the answers based on their personal preferences and knowledge. But the quiz is titled colonies in Africa in 1913. So only one answer is correct and if you don't know or like it then suck it up and learn something! More modern or common names should be rejected, only the official names at the time. But there is one glaring error, Ruanda-Urundi didn't exist at the time - it was just part of German East Africa. And the borders of Libya and Sudan are all wrong for 1913. I also prefer the terms Portuguese West Africa, Portuguese East Africa and Portuguese Congo instead of Angola, Mozambique and Cabinda...
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level 57
Sep 1, 2019
Interesting that only Ethiopia and Liberia survived this unbelievable colonization
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level 61
Sep 1, 2019
Liberia didn't survive. It was bought out by the Americans and colonised by freed slaves after it's abolition. Even to this day English speaking Liberians of American descent tend to be the highest position in society compared to indigenous Liberians. Ethiopia is alone here!