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Countries Across the Ocean from the U.S.

Name the countries that can be reached by sailing on a straight line of latitude from the 50 U.S. states.
Red indicates an overseas territory
Only includes countries that can be reached directly with no other countries in between
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Last updated: December 09, 2017
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Sailing East ...
AK, ME, WA
Canada
NH, MA, VA, NC, ME
Spain
NY, NJ, DE, MD, VA
Portugal
NC
Algeria
NC, SC, GA, FL
Morocco
SC
United Kingdom
FL
Bahamas
HI
Mexico
Sailing West ...
OR, WA, AK
Russia
CA, OR, HI
Japan
FL
Mexico
HI
China
HI
Taiwan
HI
Vietnam
HI
Philippines
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level 76
Dec 8, 2017
What if you sailed through the strait of Gibraltar ?
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level 71
Dec 8, 2017
Yup, Algeria should be included, as well as Bahamas.
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level 56
Jan 9, 2018
What?.... Please explained this
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level 80
Feb 22, 2018
Algeria just blew my mind.
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level 56
Apr 12, 2018
By sailing on a straight line of longitude you would not nit Algeria from NC.
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level 53
Apr 12, 2018
It's not a matter of "would", but "could". And, yes, you *could* by going through the Strait of Gibraltar.
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level 46
Apr 12, 2018
Yes, you are absolutely correct - sailing on a straight line of longitude will definitely not get you to Algeria.
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level 42
Apr 12, 2018
Yes, sailing in a straight line will definitely get you to Algeria from North Carolina..
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level 80
Apr 12, 2018
Let's address all of these: 1. Lines of longitude run north-south, so you're right on that one. 2. Sailing along a line of LATITUDE will indeed get you to a little chunk of Algeria through the Strait of Gibraltar. Check a map. 3. Sailing in a straight line (full stop) is not possible, unless you're going very deep underwater to account for the curvature of the earth.
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level 66
Jul 20, 2018
Definitely could hit Algeria from NC. If you leave NC at 35o 58' and travel along that line of Latitude West you would pass through the Straits of Gibraltar and land somewhere near Mostaganen in Algeria.
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level 59
Dec 8, 2017
Awaiting Reapproval!
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level 73
Dec 8, 2017
Technically, if you sail east from Hawaii, you hit Mexico. I think Mexico needs to be included as well.
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level 73
Dec 8, 2017
And if you sail east from the Aleutian Islands, you hit Canada.
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level 73
Dec 8, 2017
One more...if you sail east from the southern tip of Maine, I believe you miss Canada and hit Spain.
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level 71
Dec 8, 2017
Or from Washington
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level ∞
Dec 8, 2017
This has been updated. I knew it would take a few tries to get right. Any more errors that need to be fixed?
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level 62
Apr 12, 2018
Hi. East from Florida, you could potentially hit Spain (Canary Islands)? From South Carolina you could also hit Portugal (Madeira)?
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level 62
Dec 9, 2017
It's easy to miss, but there's a line from Hawaii to Vietnam through the Qiongzhou Strait.
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level 62
Dec 9, 2017
Also, sailing west from Florida, you hit Mexico.
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level ∞
Dec 9, 2017
This has been updated. You'd have to start from a very specific point in Hawaii to reach Vietnam, but it is theoretically possible.
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level 71
Dec 9, 2017
It would have to be from just below the northwestern tip of the Big Island.
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level 62
Dec 9, 2017
One more that is highly dependent on where you consider the border between ocean and inland waters, is near the mouth of the Saint Croix River between Maine and Canada where you can sail west from Maine to Canada. While the waters are an estuary and the river is subject to Tidal bore at that point, I'm not entirely sure whether this would or should count as an ocean crossing.
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level 68
Dec 9, 2017
I was like, "you can't sail east from Washington!". D'oh!
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level 62
Dec 9, 2017
Actually, you technically can sail east from Washington across the Strait of Juan de Fuca to reach Vancouver Island in Canada. So, not entirely impossible!
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level 55
Dec 10, 2017
Seems a bit asymmetrical to include overseas territories as destinations (Bermuda, UK) but not points of origin (Guam, Wallis and Fortuna, US Virgin Islands, Guantanamo Bay, Puerto Rico, Marianna Islands).
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level 55
Apr 12, 2018
Definitely agree with this. I think you should either include all overseas territories (as destinations and points or origins) or ignore them entirely, which would only eliminate the Bermuda one. I would prefer the latter.
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level 67
Dec 10, 2017
Why only East and West? Why not South to include the Caribbean and South American countries, and or, any direction from Hawaii to include a heck of a lot of Pacific island nations?
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level 61
Apr 25, 2018
This quiz is about sailing along lines of latitude so can only mean east/west.
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level 25
Dec 10, 2017
Had expected France to be also on the list
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level 70
Dec 11, 2017
Too many mistakes, which have been already mentioned. Why five Points for this quiz? There are much better ones in the list under "recent user-created".
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level ∞
Dec 22, 2017
All the mistakes were already fixed by the time you commented.
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level 68
Dec 11, 2017
I know it says Ocean, but I don't see much of a reason to exclude getting to Canada across the Great Lakes as it's still a water border.

Sailing East from Michigan and Minnesota
Sailing West from New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio (barely) and Michigan (at Sault-Ste-Marie)
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level 71
Apr 12, 2018
The name of the quiz says "across the ocean". The Great Lakes are not oceans. Not sure what your point is...
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level 69
Feb 20, 2018
Okay, I am stymied. What UK pieces-part do you hit sailing east from SC?
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level 59
Feb 20, 2018
Bermuda
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level 57
Feb 26, 2018
Algeria tripped me up, forgot about the Strait of Gibraltar
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level 74
Apr 12, 2018
good time limit. Got Philippines with 1 second to go.
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level 60
Apr 13, 2018
Agreed, it didn't give me as much time as usual to type every name in the book guessing.
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level 58
Apr 12, 2018
feeling dumb for not guessing Canada and Mexico....
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level 35
Apr 12, 2018
How is Algeria in??? but not ireland/ iceland/ mauritania and so on. lame quizz. typical american geography.
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level 59
Apr 12, 2018
lame quiz? because you don't know how to use a map or follow quiz instructions? Ireland and Iceland are well north of the US latitude-wise and Mauritania is south.
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level 67
Apr 12, 2018
The southernmost town in Iceland, Vík, is further north than Anchorage, Alaska. If you sailed west from Iceland you'd run smack into Greenland, and then Canada. The southernmost place in Ireland is at the same latitude as L'Anse-aux-Meadows, the northernmost point on Newfoundland Island. Europe is way further north than most Americans think, and the U.S. is way further south than most Europeans think.
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level 74
Apr 14, 2018
Yeah.. Americans with their superior knowledge of geography doing nothing to dislodge our prejudicial belief that we somehow are better at the subject than they are even though by our own words we just proved that we aren't.

typical
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level 59
Oct 6, 2018
Ireland is further north than Maine, the northernmost part of the U.S. East Coast, but Iceland is ridiculous. Whether the country's geography is typical or atypical, facts are facts.
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level 20
Apr 12, 2018
Surely you'd imagine that you would hit Ireland before the UK
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level 58
Apr 12, 2018
You wouldn't hit Ireland before Bermuda though.
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level 80
Apr 12, 2018
And even if we're just talking about the British Isles, Ireland only blocks about half of Great Britain from the west. You can sail due east from the lizard peninsula (Cornwall), the extreme south of Wales (Cardiff, but not Swansea), and most of Scotland and miss Ireland entirely.
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level 67
Apr 12, 2018
This is correct. But even if you sailed due west from the very southernmost point of the Isles of Scilly (latitude +49.8632), you'd hit... Newfoundland. And not the southern part of Newfoundland, either... the Baie-Verte Peninsula, which is the little blob of land just east of the Great Northern Peninsula that sticks out of the top of the island like a feather. There's literally no part of the United States that goes that far north except Alaska.
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level 66
Jul 20, 2018
You can hit Gibraltar and that would count as UK.
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level 66
Aug 20, 2018
Nope, Gibraltar is on the eastern side of the Bay of Gibraltar. The western side of the bay is all Spain, and it comes further south than the most southern point of Gibraltar. It'd be impossible to go east along a line of latitude from anywhere in the US and hit Gibraltar without hitting Spain first.
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level 67
Apr 12, 2018
Latitude is a funky thing, because we're used to bad map projections that make things look bigger the further north you go, and climate that isn't latitude-dependent. But the southern tip of Greenland is only 60 miles north of the northern tip of Scotland, the southernmost point in Canada is essentially the same latitude as Rome.
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level 38
Apr 12, 2018
try my new quiz! :D
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level 59
Oct 6, 2018
How dumb was I wondering what could be across the ocean east from Alaska, Maine and Washington?
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level 59
Oct 6, 2018
You'd think the British would understand the Labrador Underlying Current to a lot of these indignant challenges, but it doesn't seem to be the case.