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Which of the African countries that exist today have had the longest continuous span of independence?
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The country in gold was never fully colonized and has existed since 1270 AD
Quiz by CatcoolH
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Last updated: July 9, 2023
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Year
From...
Country
1847
Liberia
1910
United Kingdom
South Africa
1922
United Kingdom
Egypt
1947
Italy
Ethiopia
1951
Italy
Libya
Year
From...
Country
1956
United Kingdom
Sudan
1956
France
Tunisia
1956
France/Spain
Morocco
1957
United Kingdom
Ghana
1958
France
Guinea
15 Comments
+3
Level 69
Jul 10, 2023
Good quiz. Fairly easy.
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Level 68
Jul 10, 2023
This isn't direct criticism towards you but what is it with people saying Ethiopia was "never fully colonized"? It got fully occupied by a european country (Italy) and was ruled by it for a number of years. If that's not colonisation, I don't know what is.
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Level 65
Jul 10, 2023
It all depends on perspective. Ethiopia was occupied by Italian forces, but real colonial power was never established. So even whilst the country was occupied, it still managed to keep it's political independence.
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Level 93
Jul 12, 2023
I look at it as definitely more military occupation than colonization. For example, while Poland wasn't colonized by Germany during WW2, it definitely was invaded and occupied for years.
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Level 74
Aug 10, 2023
𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘯𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘨𝘰𝘵 𝘌𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘰𝘱𝘪𝘢
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Level 68
Aug 10, 2023
Didn’t Liberia get independence from the US
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Level 65
Aug 10, 2023
Not exactly as the USA didn't try to directly control the country. Liberia was established by the US (to keep it away from european powers) but wasn't a colony.
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Level 76
Aug 10, 2023
You mean it was established to get rid of the freed slaves they didn't want in their country.
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Level 79
Aug 23, 2023
This is how I understand it. Although from what I have read, many freed slaves in the USA didn't want to return to Africa as they had lived in the USA for many generations. It was widely but erroneously considered that Africa were one single ethnicity. Freed slave settlers were regarded by indigenous people as outsiders; exactly the situation they were trying to escape.
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Level 69
Aug 10, 2023
This was the first time I got 100% thanks to Jetpunk always giving away the first answer of the quiz.
+2
Level 66
Aug 25, 2023
They always give the easiest answer, which in this case was Liberia.
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Level 48
Aug 13, 2023
South Africa? How is the definition of independence? I am somewhat sure, it was not a real country in its own right.
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Level 72
Sep 29, 2023
1910 was when the Dominion of South Africa was established.
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Level 60
Nov 7, 2023
I think there is a bit too much time given to finish the quiz, we can almost type in every african country without thinking and it works. But an interesting quiz!
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Level 45
Jan 12, 2024
I'm a bit late to this, but 1947? Shouldn't it be 1941 if we're already going by the British liberation of Ethiopia during WW2?