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Capitals A-Z

Name these capital cities throughout history that start with each letter.
Not necessarily capitals of countries
Quiz by Kvkq
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Last updated: June 22, 2019
First submittedOctober 6, 2013
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Region
Capital
A
Khmer Empire (802-1431)
Angkor
B
Orange Free State
(1854-1902)
Bloemfontein
C
Byzantine Empire
(330-1453)
Constantinople
D
Bangladesh
Dhaka
E
Alberta, Canada
Edmonton
F
Tuscany, Italy
Florence
G
Botswana
Gaborone
H
Finland
Helsinki
I
Pakistan
Islamabad
J
Israel
Jerusalem
K
Poland (1038-1569)
Krakow
L
Tibet, China
Lhasa
M
Bavaria, Germany
Munich
 
Region
Capital
N
Greenland
Nuuk
O
Washington, United States
Olympia
P
Western Australia, Australia
Perth
Q
Ecuador
Quito
R
Confederate States of America
(1861-1865)
Richmond
S
Hokkaido, Japan
Sapporo
T
Aztec Empire
(15th Century-1521)
Tenochtitlan
U
Mongolia
Ulaanbaatar
V
France (1940-1944)
Vichy
W
New Zealand
Wellington
X
Shaanxi Province, China
Xi'an
Y
Myanmar (1948-2005)
Yangon
Z
Croatia
Zagreb
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level 31
Oct 10, 2013
I missed only A and B on my first try. I am quite surprised that Nuuk ranks so low.
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level 61
Aug 22, 2016
I actually learned that in school as part of the map of Europe.
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level 66
Oct 10, 2013
That moment when you can't spell Nuuk
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level 77
Oct 12, 2013
*sentence fragment
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level 35
Nov 26, 2015
This is a sentence fragment
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level 77
Mar 31, 2016
so is this
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level 54
Apr 4, 2016
That moment when someone is a prescriptive linguist
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level 49
Oct 13, 2013
Got them all, except for Tenochtitlan.
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level 31
Feb 5, 2016
Same here
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level 47
Nov 6, 2013
If I could spell or type I would have had at least 2:30 left, but as it is... 1:05.
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level 68
Nov 16, 2013
Got 3:49 first time . . . very surprised. Got stuck on Sapporo and Nuuk.
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level 52
Dec 13, 2013
It took me forever to spell tenotchititlan
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level 47
May 15, 2014
Looks like you still can't...
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level 72
Mar 31, 2016
Miffed it wouldn't accept Technoman. That's as close as I got
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level 77
Feb 5, 2014
This is a genuine question because I honestly couldn't spell either one without looking it up. But what is the difference between Teotihuacan and Tenochititlan? I thought Teotihuacan was the Aztec capital but I'm obviously wrong on that.
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level 66
Feb 5, 2014
Teotihuacan is a site about 30 miles northeast of Mexico City known for its many great Mesoamerican pyramids. It was established sometime around 100 BC and was continuing to be built until 250 AD. It continued to be in use until the sudden destruction of it in the 7th or 8th century, which happened to many cities at that time (like Xochicalco and Tula). The origins of who built Teotihuacan are still debated. Tenochtitlan was an Aztec city-state located on an island inside Lake Texcoco. Tenochtitlan was founded in 1325 and lasted until conquistador Hernan Cortes laid claim to the city. On the location of Tenochtitlan, Mexico City was built. Lake Texcoco was drained later on, leaving only a small lake east of Mexico City.
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level 59
Mar 31, 2016
Today I learned: Tenochtitlan and Teotihuacan are different places. Seriously, they're both located in (or near) modern Mexico City, they're both pre-Columbian cities, they have similar names. How do people expect me to tell the difference?
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level 77
Mar 31, 2016
In the Civ games if you play as the Aztecs you'll see both names as different cities.
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level 48
Jun 15, 2017
I've learned a lot from Civ...
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level 73
Apr 1, 2014
Missed Angkor...and there is a picture of Angkor Wat right at the top. Grrr...
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level 78
May 2, 2014
Cool quiz, not very hard. Nuuk is of course one of the least well known of these... it took me several seconds to remember it :p.
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level 45
Jun 7, 2014
missed vichy 96%
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level 76
Nov 11, 2014
Just watched The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, so I got Nuuk!
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level 61
Dec 5, 2014
25/26. Missed Orange Free State. Total derp moment when I realized it was Bloemfontein.....
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level 61
Mar 31, 2016
100%. Excellent, progress!
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level 69
Mar 31, 2016
I don't know why, but I can NEVER remember Richmond. It's come up on a dozen quizzes, and I always end up kicking myself, but I don't think I've ever answered it correctly. Hopefully, me moaning about this now will help me remember once and for all.
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level 70
Mar 31, 2016
I am not usually a fan of conspiracy theories, but there seems to be a concerted effort to convince us all that Jerusalem is the recognized capital of Israel. Should have been under "T" for Tel Aviv.
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level 83
Mar 31, 2016
Why is it so hard to give people the freedom of self-determination? Israel says Jerusalem is their capital. The seat of their government is in Jerusalem. Tel Aviv was the center of government for a few months after Israel became a nation, but has never been designated by them as a capital city.
Yes, embassies to Israel are in Tel Aviv, not Jerusalem, but that has to do with the disputed claims on Jerusalem. Remember that in most countries, the land on which an embassy sits is sovereign soil of the foreign country. Israel and Palestine have been fighting for 70+ years over who owns Jerusalem, they aren't likely to start ceding parts of it to every other country in the world. And since the UN is... uncertain... on Jerusalem's status as Israeli territory, it makes good sense for other countries to avoid the issue, and put their embassies in Tel Aviv.

tl;dr - Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, because Israel says it is.
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level 77
Apr 1, 2016
This is a common misconception. Land used for diplomatic missions (embassies) in other countries still belongs to the host country. According to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, the host country is responsible for safeguarding the embassy, and the sending country has the right to deny anyone entry to their embassy (this is where the confusion about "sovereignty" most likely comes from)- but the embassy is definitely NOT a part of the sending country's territory. And this has nothing to do with why embassies are located in Tel Aviv. That is purely because the sending countries want to avoid pissing off the Arab League, as East Jerusalem is claimed by the PNA as it's capital, and the entirety of Jerusalem is in what they consider the "occupied West Bank."

Other than that I agree with what plats said. The seat of government is in Jerusalem. It's irrelevant where the foreign embassies are located.
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level ∞
Mar 31, 2016
This conspiracy is true! JetPunk is actually a division of Mossad.
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level 67
Mar 31, 2016
You wouldn't say that if you really were, QM. Or is that just what you want us to think?
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level 67
Mar 31, 2016
I thought that all Capitals are chosen by the Country in question, Australia decides to call Canberra the Capital, although it wasn't Canberra originally, it this a conspiracy also?
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level 58
Apr 2, 2016
That's not true. Canberra didn't exist independently and then get made Australia's capital. Australia decided they were going to have a national capital on federal (extra-state) territory, then they decided where they were going to build it, then they built it and then it was their capital.
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level 54
Apr 4, 2016
My Australian friend told me that Canberra was created because Sydney and Melbourne wouldn't stop fighting about who would get the seat of government. So, the powers decided, "You know what? If you two can't play nicely, then you're not invited to my birthday party." Boom. Canberra.
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level 57
Apr 1, 2016
I always forget the Confederacy controlled Virginia! Raleigh was the only city in the South that started with R and I was getting so confused.
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level 60
Aug 27, 2016
Godthåb (Danish name) should also be accepted for Nuuk. I tried it just to see if it would work and it didn't. It's a kind of outdated name and I'm pretty sure it might not be official anymore, but still, most maps label the city as Nuuk/Godthåb or Nuuk (Godthåb)
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level 60
Aug 27, 2016
Wait... I'm stupid. This is an alphabet A-Z quiz and it's listed under N. This is why you don't comment on things at 3:00 in the morning
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level 41
Jul 29, 2017
Surprised that I spelt Tenochtitlan correctly
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level 79
Jul 22, 2018
Man, for some reason I had it in my head that "Orange Free State" was an old name for what is now the Netherlands. That did NOT help me come up with the right answer.
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level 43
Jun 29, 2019
Missed tenochtitlan Olympia and Richmond . Oops
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level 66
Nov 9, 2019
I am always amazed that Gaborone isn’t the capital of Gabon.