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History Quiz: Geography #2

Guess the answers to these questions relating to geography throughout history.
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1. A haven of Carribean piracy in the 17th century, Tortuga is today part of which country?
Dominican Republic
Haiti
Jamaica
It is located within the country's Nord-Ouest department.
2. Which of these had the largest population?
Mughal Empire, 1700
Roman Empire, 25 BC
Ottoman Empire, 1856
The Ottoman Empire had a population of 35,350,000 in 1856, the Roman Empire had a population of 56,800,000 in 25 BC, and the Mughal Empire had a population of 158,400,000 in 1700.
3. Hanno the Navigator was a Carthaginian explorer who sailed along the coast of where?
Iberian Peninsula and France
Black Sea
Western Africa
It is believed that he could have reached only as far as southern Morocco to as far as Gabon.
4. Where was the epicentre of the most powerful earthquake ever recorded located?
Japan
Chile
China
The 1960 Valdivia or Great Chilean earthquake reached a magnitude of somewhere between 9.4 and 9.6. Estimates of the total number of fatalities range between 1,000 and 6,000.
5. What name is given to the area of land that once connected Britain to continental Europe?
Doggerland
Doverland
Storeggaland
It is named after the Dogger Bank, a large sandbank that was once part of Doggerland. The sandbank is named after a type of Dutch fishing boat called a dogger. Doggerland started to disappear when rising sea levels reduced it to low-lying islands until even these were submerged, possibly due to a tsunami caused by a submarine landslide that was one of the Storegga Slides (these were some of the largest such landslides in history, occurring at the edge of Norway's continental shelf).
6. How was the Aztec Empire initially organised?
An alliance of three city-states with hegemony over other cities
Five kings, from the same royal family, each ruling their own city
Independent city-states and nations
The Empire is also known as the Triple Alliance. It consisted of the city-states of Tenochtitlan, Texcoco and Tlacopan, and although they were initially self-governing, Tenochtitlan came to dominate the others until the Empire was essentially ruled from there. When the Aztecs conquered a city, they left the rulers in power as long as they agreed to pay a semi-annual tribute and to supply military forces when needed for war efforts.
7. Which of these nations did not control a concession territory in Tianjin?
Austria-Hungary
Netherlands
Russia
Russia controlled its territory between 1900 and 1920 while Austria-Hungary controlled its territory between 1901 and 1917. Other concession territories were controlled by Britain (1860–1943), France (1860–1946), the United States (1869–1902), Japan (1898–1945), Germany (1899–1917), Italy (1901–1943) and Belgium (1902–1931).
8. Within which modern day country is the city known to the Ancient Greeks as Bactra located?
Afghanistan
Iran
Uzbekistan
The modern name is Balkh, and it is located in Balkh Province. The name of the ancient region known as Bactria is derived from Bactra.
9. Which of these became a US state most recently?
Vermont
California
Texas
Vermont was admitted to the Union on 4th March 1791, Texas on 29th December 1845 and California on 9th September 1850.
10. Which of these ancient Egyptian cities was located in what is now Sudan?
Avaris
Thonis
Napata
The city was established in territory of the Kingdom of Kush that had been conquered by the pharaoh Thutmose III, and was located on a site now occupied by the Sudanese town of Karima. Avaris was located in the northeastern region of the Nile Delta while the remains of Thonis can be found underwater in Abū Qīr Bay.
11. During the War of the Pacific, which country was Bolivia allied with?
Argentina
Colombia
Peru
Peru was bound to Bolivia by a secret 1873 treaty of alliance, so when, in the lead-up to the war, Chile demanded for Peru to stay neutral and Peru refused, Chile declared war on both nations.
12. Which of these controlled Cyprus in 1490?
Ottoman Empire
Republic of Venice
England
Venice had controlled the island since 1473 but formally annexed it in 1489. The Republic controlled Cyprus until the Ottomans conquered it in 1570. England controlled Cyprus after Richard I captured it in 1191; he used it as a major supply base for a year, after which he sold it to the Knights Templar.
13. Which of these has never been the capital of an empire?
Ulaanbaatar
Kabul
Lhasa
Lhasa was the capital of the Tibetan Empire while Kabul was one of the capital of the Durrani Empire..
14. During which decade was ownership of Uluru returned to the Pitjantjatjara people?
1990s
1980s
2000s
Ownership of the site was returned on 26th October 1985.
15. Which of these ancient Greek cities was not located in the Peloponnese?
Sparta
Thebes
Argos
It was located in Boeotia.
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