18th Century A-Z

For each letter of the alphabet, guess these answers related to the years 1701–1800.
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Last updated: February 23, 2018
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Year
Hint
Answer
A
1800
At the end of the century, this major landmass has still not been discovered
Antarctica
B
1718
This notorious pirate, born Edward Teach, is killed off the
coast of North Carolina
Blackbeard
C
1762
This "great" empress is crowned in Russia
Catherine the Great
D
1746–55
Samuel Johnson single-handedly writes this type of book
Dictionary
E
1700s
Europe experiences this "Age of Reason"
The Enlightenment
F
1740
This "great" Prussian king is crowned
Frederick the Great
G
1757
China limits all European trade to this port city, formerly known as Canton
Guangzhou
H
1778
James Cook becomes the first European to land on this island chain
Hawaii
I
1760
This "revolution" starts in England
Industrial Revolution
J
1781
This future U.S. president, age 14, serves in the Revolutionary War
Andrew Jackson
K
1781
This German philosopher publishes "Critique of Pure Reason"
Immanuel Kant
L
1755
This city on the Atlantic ocean suffers a devastating earthquake
Lisbon
M
1791
This composer dies in Vienna at the age of 35
Wolfgang Amadeus
Mozart
N
1799
Following a coup, this general becomes head of the French state
Napoleon
O
1760
This tropical ape is first described scientifically
Orangutan
P
1793-94
2,639 people are beheaded in this city
Paris
Q
1734
This book is first translated from Arabic into English
Quran
R
1799
This stone is discovered, providing the key to deciphering Egyptian hieroglyphs
Rosetta Stone
S
1707
The Acts of Union join this country with England
Scotland
T
1720
China takes control of this region
Tibet
U
1789
This element is discovered
Uranium
V
1759
This French writer publishes "Candide"
Voltaire
W
1791
This capital city is founded
Washington
X
1797
Samuel Taylor Coleridge writes the poem "Kubla Khan",
inspired by this former Mongol capital
Xanadu
Y
1758
This slang term for Americans is first recorded
Yankee
Z
1798
French forces capture this city
Zürich
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Level 81
Feb 22, 2018
I always thought the poem was also called Kublai Khan. Turns out it isn't.
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Level 64
Feb 22, 2018
You can't accept Fredrick for Frederrick? Come on.
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Level 71
Feb 23, 2018
It's Frederick, and his real name is Friedrich, which is accepted (thanks QM!)
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Level 75
Feb 23, 2018
Yeah...except Freidrich (which is what I tried) does not. I switched up the I and the E.
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Level 54
Feb 23, 2018
Yanks?
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Level 75
Feb 23, 2018
Your Yelcome
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Level 85
Jun 11, 2018
lol
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Level 77
Jun 11, 2018
I thought Yank would be accepted, but no. (And that should be you're yelcome.) :)
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Level 76
Feb 28, 2019
@ander217 welcome* :D
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Level 82
Feb 23, 2018
18th Century A-Z includes things that *didn't* happen in the 18th Century? If that's the case, what about this for A: "This tiny particle hadn't been discovered yet (atom)"? For M: "No one had walked on this nearby celestial object yet (moon)". For R: "This revolutionary theory of post-Newtonian physics hadn't been posited yet (relativity)".
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Level 69
Mar 16, 2018
There is only thing thing in the quiz that "didn't happen" during the century; as you seem to disapprove of its inclusion, why do you bother suggesting more? Perhaps something else could have been found for A that DID happen, but I'm personally OK with it. Antarctica is a full continent on its own, and the 18th century was the last one where it was still undiscovered.
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Level 70
Dec 5, 2021
Yeah, also Antarctica was found in 1820, not long after the end of the 18th century. In contrast, the atom (and all the other things you mentioned) weren't discovered/didn't occur until at least 100 years later.
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Level 63
Mar 1, 2018
Can you accept Gwangzhou for Guangzhou?
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Level 83
Jun 11, 2018
What about exoplanet AS 205 A b? I'm pretty sure they hadn't discovered that by 1800.
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Level 75
Jun 11, 2018
Got as far as U before realising it was an A-Z. D'oh!
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Level 78
Nov 7, 2019
Same! I was very confused about the chronology of this.
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Level 37
Sep 12, 2018
Excellent quiz! Thank you. (Even the nitpickers cut their nitpicking short).
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Level 56
Apr 5, 2020
Canton is accepted for the Guangzhou question, while being mentioned in the hint. Probably should be changed.
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Level ∞
Apr 5, 2020
Fixed, thanks
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Level 57
Dec 22, 2020
James Monroe actually crossed the Delaware with Washington so PLEASE CHANGE J.
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Level 87
Dec 5, 2021
James Monroe wasn't 14 in 1781.
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Level 59
Dec 5, 2021
I clicked give up but then I thought of Zurich and dragged the cursor away so I could type it lol. Only missed dictionary
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Level 65
Dec 5, 2021
Somehow completely brain farted Mozart. But I got Zurich 🤷‍♀️
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Level 43
Dec 8, 2021
QM: In addition to the campaign in Switzerland, in 1798 the French army ran campaigns in Egypt, Syria, Malta and nearby island of Gozo. That year they captured Cairo, Alexandria, Jaffa, Valletta, Mdina and Gozo in addition to Zurich. At least the largest of these cities should be accepted as answers too.
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Level 61
Jan 21, 2022
None of your examples begins with z