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Countries that Have Controlled Part of the United States

Name the countries that have controlled any part of land that is now part of the fifty United States.
Not including U.S. territories
Some of these countries no longer exist
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Last updated: April 17, 2017
First submittedJuly 24, 2016
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Country
1565
1821
Spain
1607
1846
United Kingdom / England
1614
1674
Netherlands
1638
1655
Sweden
1671
1803
France
1776
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United States
1777
1791
Vermont Republic
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Country
1784
1867
Russia
1795
1843
Hawaii
1810
1810
West Florida
1821
1853
Mexico
1836
1846
Texas
1861
1865
Confederate States
1942
1943
Japan
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level 62
Jul 24, 2016
What did the Netherlands control? Just curious. Tecnically, Vermont was a country before becoming the 14th state to join the Union (first one after the 13 colonies), so it should be added
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level 57
Feb 15, 2017
new york- niev amsterdam
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level 38
Jun 14, 2017
Actually Nieuw Amsterdam.
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level 67
Nov 7, 2018
Old New York was once New Amsterdam.
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level 32
Jan 3, 2019
I read in a history paper that the first to name the future place of new york were the French, and called it "nouvelle Angoulême".
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level 38
Jan 24, 2019
Old New York was once "Nieuw Amsterdam".
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level 43
Oct 31, 2019
Why they changed it, I can't say
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level 43
Feb 19, 2019
and california was too. for three weeks, it was independent of mexico
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level ∞
Feb 19, 2019
Some rebels held a small area in what is today Sonoma county. The rebels elected military officers but no civil structure was ever established. That is most definitely not a country.
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level 70
Jul 24, 2016
I like it :)
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level 66
Jul 25, 2016
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Sweden
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level 66
Jul 25, 2016
Great idea. Why not have a go at doing territories as well? I guess Samoa and Cuba are two examples.
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level 66
Jul 25, 2016
Also U.S. Virgin Islands have been in the possession of Denmark at some point.
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level 9
Sep 18, 2016
Yes, true. I kept on doing Denmark (the United States occupied Greenland and some other islands during and after the Second World War). But it's sort of vague; in the description, it says only parts of the 50 states (and not the territories) would count. So, no, Denmark never occupied any part of America, then. :)
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level 39
Jul 25, 2016
You should change it so that Republic of Texas is also accepted, otherwise, great quiz!
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level 62
Jul 28, 2016
Another question, what did Japan control? Was it Hawaii? Also, congratulations on your first feature.
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level 32
Nov 7, 2018
It Controlled Guam Northern Marianas Wake Island Attu And Kiska Island Bits Of Hawaii
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level 67
Nov 7, 2018
I am not sure it ever controlled any part Hawaii. it attacked Pearl Harbor but never controlled it. The other territories you mentioned are overseas territories. It did however control a few of the Alaskan Aleutian Islands.
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level 70
Jul 28, 2016
I didn't look at the actual dates or else I would have gotten the United States. Missing that one makes me want to head slap myself.
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level 28
Jul 28, 2016
A quiz that doesn't have the US as the most guessed answer, yay!
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level 9
Sep 18, 2016
That was a hard one, lol! But, think logically, and there can only be one country that is controlling parts of what is NOW the United States...
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level 61
Jan 12, 2017
Well, obviously we assumed the quiz wanted OTHER countries. (So, yes, I didn't try the USA, either.)
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level 63
Jul 29, 2016
Can you accept "Southern States" for Confederate States?
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level 66
Sep 18, 2016
Southern States was NEVER the name of the country...the name of the country was the Confederate States of America.
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level 57
Jul 31, 2016
Your first quiz with a star!!!!! Hooray!
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level 69
Aug 15, 2016
Well, that was awkward, forgot the US itself...
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level 48
Oct 25, 2016
it's okay I did too.
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level 79
Aug 22, 2016
(1) If you are including West Florida and Texas, Republic of California needs to be included (same thing as Republic of Texas, just shorter); (2) All of the original countries, i.e. native americans, are excluded, perhaps unjustifiably. Americans/Europeans tend to downplay the existing societies but that is ethnocentric of us. The Five/Six Nations of the Iroquois, Seminoles, Cherokee and others were sophisticated, organized entities that negotiated treaties with Britain, France and the US and they certainly controlled land that is now the US.
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level 58
Sep 17, 2016
Well, technically the United States refers to the nations of Native Americans as separate nations, but it's all very confusing and legal mumbo-jumbo. But technically they do refer to Native American nations as separate entities, so they shouldn't be counted (also, a quiz like that would be never-ending, with 562 legally recognized Native American tribes)
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level 77
Sep 18, 2016
He's not talking about tribes that are fully American and exist within the boundaries of the United States today, he's talking about separate and distinct sovereign or semi-sovereign entitites that controlled portions of the United States prior to European/American expansion over them. Probably the most famous is the Iroquois Confederacy. However... their political sophistication in some cases granted, these loosely organized political alliances are really difficult to classify as countries. Maybe that's ethnocentric, but our understanding of what makes a country a country doesn't really apply to the vast majority of Native tribes.
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level 82
Apr 27, 2017
To kalbahamut - The best example of that is the Cherokee nation which had a treaty with the USA and fought the US government's plan to remove them from their sovereign lands up to, and in, the US Supreme Court. THE USSC sided with the Cherokee nation that the treaty was valid and that the Cherokee were a sovereign nation. Andrew Jackson responded with, "You made your decision, now let's see you enforce it." and sent in the US army to remove the Cherokee.
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level 56
Oct 16, 2018
Yes, that really struck me too, and honestly it points out how problematic our categories are -- and the quiz, too. Hawaii was a country but the Iroquois Nation wasn't? Why, because Hawaii was still around later and made a flag? (I was going to say "had a king," but early explorers and colonists often used the term "king" for what we now call chiefs. And "made treaties" doesn't work, for reasons pointed out. Nor would "was recognized by other countries as a country," because the Confederacy wasn't). I'd suggest that the Quizmaster come up with a clarification that works for all the countries here but not for any tribal groups, but not sure it can be done ...
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level 57
Sep 17, 2016
confederated states not accepted
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level 63
Sep 17, 2016
Also Confederates would be nice to add
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level 40
Sep 17, 2016
1 minute of silence for those 54% Guys, who did not answer United States itself.
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level 43
Sep 17, 2016
lol only 45% guessed United States! xD
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level 66
Sep 17, 2016
Need to be more lenient with the Confederated States answer.
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level 9
Sep 18, 2016
CSA, perhaps?
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level 65
Jun 15, 2018
CSA worked for me.
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level 43
Sep 17, 2016
How about the Republic of California in 1846? Also, is Japan referring to Attu?
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level 62
Sep 17, 2016
The Alleutian Islands
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level 47
Sep 17, 2016
I believe California was a republic for a short time, hence the name.
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level 39
Sep 17, 2016
California?
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level 9
Sep 18, 2016
I looked at that flag...and I thought it was to be Chile's! :(
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level 77
Sep 18, 2016
Which part of the United States did the United States control?
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level 32
Sep 19, 2016
if West Florida is on there California should be on there as well
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level 61
Sep 28, 2016
I had the same thought.
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level 64
Jun 11, 2019
West Florida had elections and a constitution, California, as far as I can tell, did not.
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level 43
Sep 21, 2016
Never heard of West Florida, so got to look it up. lol, I can't believed this happened.
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level 48
Oct 25, 2016
what about Canada
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level 33
Dec 7, 2016
Should accept Sandwich Islands for Hawaii please! :)
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level 52
Dec 21, 2016
Great quiz! I have never heard of the Vermont Republic or West Florida, and I had no clue Japan ever controlled the Aleutians.
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level 43
Jan 1, 2017
Can you accept US or USA for United States?
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level 24
Jan 7, 2017
hi, great quiz admit you get the joke
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level 47
Mar 19, 2017
"USA controlled USA? What?" That was my first reaction when I saw answers. I was so confused when I saw them. I feel so stupid lmao
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level 30
Mar 20, 2017
I truly pity the 55% of people that missed the U.S.
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level 55
May 29, 2017
You forgot the California Republic 1846-1846
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level 46
Jun 11, 2017
What about the Bear Flag Republic, which is now California?
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level 59
Jul 31, 2017
Did Texas not end in 1845? I think that was the year I learned it ended in school.
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level 39
Aug 19, 2017
I can't believe the only one I missed was Spain
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level 40
Sep 23, 2017
What about Native American nations? Also, when did Japan control the US?
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level 30
Nov 9, 2017
If you include Vermont, you should also include California and Texas
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level ∞
Nov 10, 2017
We do include Texas and California was never even close to being an independent country. They did design a flag however.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_Republic
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level 45
Jan 3, 2018
Forgot Usa... but at least I got west florida and the vermont republic, but know I realize I watch to much geography videos
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level 45
Feb 17, 2018
California?
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level 44
Aug 10, 2018
I was thinking the same thing
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level 38
Mar 23, 2018
THE US IS AN OPTION???????
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level 44
Aug 10, 2018
ikr.
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level 28
Apr 6, 2018
Just forgot France!
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level 65
Jun 15, 2018
I missed West Florida and hadn't heard of the Bear Republic, and I went down a *serious* wikipedia rabbit hole after I started reading up on those things! Just lost a hour LOL. But, I learned new things from this quiz so thumbs up!
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level 44
Aug 10, 2018
I only knew about it from CGP grey
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level 32
Jun 23, 2018
I think Canada should count, because there was a (minor) border adjustment in 1908.
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level 73
Jul 5, 2018
There have been minor border adjustments with Canada as noted. There is still an island off the coast of Maine, far out of sight of Canada that is legal for citizens of both countries to use as it is still in limbo, Machias Seal Island.
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level 46
Jul 5, 2018
Germany is missing. The Northern Mariana Islands once have been part of Germany. If Japan is included Germany should be included too. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_Mariana_Islands
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level 48
Sep 17, 2018
I was about to add that, until I saw your comment
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level 44
Aug 10, 2018
including the U.S. was super cheeky. I can't believe I didn't figure that out.
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level 77
Nov 7, 2018
It is kind of a giveaway that the dates given go up through the present. Just think about it. Which country controls the present day territory of the United States, at present?
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level 53
Mar 2, 2019
Russia
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level 77
Oct 30, 2019
That's only part of Washington DC and Kentucky, so far.
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level 32
Nov 7, 2018
Where Is Canada It Controlled Little Land On Maine Washington Cook Islands And Southern Land In Alaska And Denmark Became Succesful Conquering Greenland Which Became A Us Territory
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level 79
Nov 7, 2018
I think Canada should be an answer. There have been multiple adjustments to the islands in the great lakes and some of the islands off Washington and Maine. The only thing that might keep it off the list is I am not sure if these lands ever were formally given to a state or are they just controlled federal lands?
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level 56
Nov 7, 2018
@historyhunter @idontkn1 Anything that happened before 1867 would make the lands British rather than Canadian. Do you know the dates of any of the items you mentioned?
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level 51
Nov 12, 2018
what about California (republic) and German Mariana Islands?
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level 32
Jan 3, 2019
Great Idea but very US sided vision of history: it is like the territories were always meant to be occupied by the US one day. But I dont see any problems, I fully understand that you have to be proud of your country.
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level 38
Jan 24, 2019
I would think that the US controlled Hawaii rather than the other way around.
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level 66
Jun 27, 2019
The Kingdom of Hawaii controlled the islands of Hawaii.
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level 30
Feb 8, 2019
You’re missing Denmark, who controlled the US Virgin Islands.
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level 57
Feb 22, 2019
Not including U.S. territories. Which excludes the U.S. Virgin Islands. That's what the instructions say.
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level 53
Mar 2, 2019
I never heard of West Florida before, but can we make it its own country again?
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level 54
Jun 2, 2019
Native American tribal nations should at least get some sort of mention here either in the description or as an already answered entry on the form. Iroquois, Cherokee, Navaho, Seminole nations were far more developed governments than several here like West Florida or Texas. Intended or not, it smells at least dismissive and at worst racist
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level 43
Jun 2, 2019
The quiz should have something like "Native American self-government" already written in before you start the quiz.
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level 58
Oct 30, 2019
Shouldn't Argentina be added? In 1818, Hippolyte Bouchard and his forces occupied Monterey, California, then a Spanish colony, raised the Argentine flag and held the town for six days. It was for a very short time, but technically, they "conquer" Monterey and controlled it for six days.