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Countries of the World in 1789 with a Map

With the help of a map, can you name all the countries of the world just before the French Revolution in 1789?
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Due to their complexity, most of the German states are unified under one single entity. States with territory outside of this entity are also included.
Includes de facto independent entities.
Quiz by Dekkie
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Last updated: October 27, 2022
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Countries
Abeokuta
Abkhazia
Abu Arish
Abu Dhabi
Aceh
Adanse
Adrar
Afghanistan
Agang
Agbor
Aghbari
Aguler
Ahluwalia
Ahom
Aïr
Ajasse
Akure
Akusha
Akwa Akpa
Akyem
Al-Aydarus
Al-Burayki
Al-Gharama
Al-Jawabir
Alada
Algiers
Alo
Alwar
Ambohidratrimo
Andalal
Andorra
Ankole
Antankarana
Anziku
Aqrabi
Ardabil
Aro
Ashanti
Atifi
Audhali
Aussa
Ba'abbad
Baban
Babungo
Badakhshan
Bade
Badibu
Baghirmi
Bahrain
Bahdinan
Bajhang
Bakkara
Baku
Bali
Bamana
Bamun
Bani Khalid
Banjar
Banswara
Bara
Barhimi
Barotseland
Barus
Bayazid
Beda
Beihan
Bale
Beni Abbas
Benin
Berat
Bethio
Betsimisaraka
Bhangi
Bharatpur
Bhopal
Bhutan
Bibemi
Bikaner
Bin Sumayt
Bin Zayn
Biram
Biu
Bohivato
Boina
Bokhti
Bone
Countries
Bokhoven
Bonny
Bono
Bora Bora
Bornu
Boxmeer
Brakna
Brunei
Buganda
Bukhara
Bundi
Bundu
Bunyoro
Buraimi
Buren
Burma
Burundi
Buton
Carnatic Sultanate
Cayor
Chamba
Chechnya
China
Chitral
Circassia
Cospaia
Courland and Semigallia
Couto Misto
Culemborg
Cutch
Dagomba
Dahomey
Đại Việt
Dallewalia
Damagaram
Darfur
Darvaz
Daura
Dawro
Denmark-Norway
Derbent
Dhofar
Diarra
Didoya
Dimasa
Dir
Diriyah
Dompu
Donggala
Dosso
Dungarpur
Durdzuki
Dutse
Easter Island
Elisu
Eres
Erivan
Ethiopia
Fada N'Gourma
Fadhli
Fijian Confederacies
Fisakana
Fosdinovo
France
Funj
Futa Djallon
Futa Toro
Ganja
Garhwal
Garo
Gazakh
Gazikumukh
Gcalekaland
Geledi
Gemert
Genoa
Gera
Gliji
Gobir
Gojjam
Gomma
Great Britain
Gumel
Gumma
Guria
Countries
Gwiriko
Habr Yunis
Habsburg Monarchy
Hakkari
Hamum
Harar
Haushabi
Hawaii
Hawwara
Haynan
Hazara
Herat
Holy Roman Empire
Huahine
Humaidi
Husn Mutahhar
Hyderabad
Ijebu
IJsselstein
Ilorin
Imereti
Indrapura
Isaaq
Isandra
Jaintia
Jaipur
Jaisalmer
Jambi
Jandol
Japan
Javad
Janjero
Jodhpur
Johor
Jolof
Joseon
Jugu
Jukun
Juledi
Jurabi
Kaabu
Kaarta
Kabardia
Kebbi
Kaffa
Kafiristan
Kakongo
Kalabari
Kalat
Kaluli
Kalukembe
Kandy
Kangra
Kanheya
Karabakh
Karadagh
Karakaitag
Karauli
Kartli-Kakheti
Kasadi
Kasanje
Kashmir
Kauai
Kazakh Khanate
Kazembe
Kel Ahaggar
Kelantan
Kénédougou
Khalkhal
Kharan
Khasi
Khasso
Khiva
Khoy
Khundzia
Kika
Kishangarh
Koena
Kohistan
Kokand
Kom
Konawe
Kong
Kongo
Kota
Countries
Kuba
Kumaon
Kunduz
Kura
Kuwait
Kwarafa
Ladakh
Laghouat
Lahej
Lalangina
Lanao Confederation
Lanfang
Loango
Las Bela
Lete
Lombok
Lower Aulaqi
Lower Yafa
Luba
Lucca
Lunda
Luwu
Magba
Maguindanao
Mahra
Mahwali
Makhdumi
Mandar Federation
Mandara
Makran
Maku
Malaspina-Villafranca
Maldives
Mangareva
Manipur
Mankessim
Mansuri
Maore
Maragheh
Marand
Maratha Empire
Maravi
Massa
Maymana
Matarat
Maui
Mboum
Mbunda
Medri Bahri
Megen
Menabe
Merina
Ngqikaland
Mingrelia
Mizo
Modena
Mogaung
Moldavia
Monaco
Montenegro
Morocco
Mpondoland
Mthethwa
Mughal Empire
Mustang
Mysore
M'zab
Najran
Nakai
Nakhchivan
Naples
Ndwandwe
Ndzuwani
Negeri Sembilan
Nembe
Nepal
Netherlands
Ngazidja
Ngoyo
Nguyễn Lords
Ngwaketse
Ngwato
Nishanvali
Niue
Noli
Countries
Ntem
Nungu
Nupe
Nyamwezi
Nyani
Nyumi
Nzakara
Ogwashi-Uku
Okrika
Olivola
Oman
Onitsha
Ondo
Order of St. John
Orungu
Osogbo
Ossetia
Ottoman Empire
Ouaddai
Oudh
Owo
Oyo
Pagaruyung
Palembang
Panjgarhia
Papal States
Paraku
Parma
Pekat
Perak
Persia
(Afsharid dynasty)
Persia
(Qajar dynasty)
Persia
(Zand dynasty)
Phulkian
Piombino
Pitu Ulunna Salu
Podenzana-Aulla
Poland-Lithuania
Poljica
Porto-Novo
Portugal
Pratapgarh
Prussia
Quba
Ragusa
Raiatea
Ramgarhia
Rapa Iti
Ras al-Khaimah
Ravenstein
Rimatara
Rizim
Rozvi
Rujai
Rurutu
Russia
Rutul
Rwanda
Ryukyu
Saloum
Sama
Sambas
Samoa
San Marino
Sanggar
Sarab
Sardinia
Scavolino
Scutari
Seiyun
Selangor
Selaparang
Selimbau
Senarica
Shaheedan
Shahpura
Shaki
Shamshadil
Sharjah
Shewa
Shilluk
Shirvan
Shuragel
Siak
Siam
Countries
Sicily
Sigave
Sigi
Sikkim
Silat
Sindh
Sine
Singhpuria
Sirmur
Sirohi
Sora
Soran
Spain
Sukerchakia
Suket
Sulu
Sumbawa
Sungai Lemau
Svaneti
Swat
Swaziland
Sweden
Switzerland
Tabasaran
Tabriz
Tadjourah
Tado
Tagant
Tahiti
Tahuata
Talysh
Tambora
Tamim
Tarki
Tawaeli
Tekna
Tenkodogo
Terengganu
Thembuland
Timbuktu
Toli-Toli
Tonga
Tonk
Toraja
Torriglia
Touggourt
Trarza
Travancore
Tresana
Tripolitania
Tunis
Tuscany
Twipra
Udaipur
Umm Al Quwain
United States
Upper Aulaqi
(Sheikhdom)
Upper Aulaqi
(Sultanate)
Upper Yafa
Urmia
Uvea
Venice
Vermont
Vernio
Viye
Wadi Hajr
Wahidi
Wajo
Wallachia
Wambu
Warsangali
Warri
Welayta
Wogodogo
Wuli
Xiani
Yaka
Yanina
Yao
Yashikira
Yatenga
Yauri
Zachur
Zaidi Imamate
Zaria
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Level 58
Apr 25, 2021
A very interesting map that definitely shows nearly the height of colonization of the Americas, but right before African colonization. Nominated!
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Level 55
Apr 25, 2021
Thanks. Africa was still mostly like this until the late 19th century; however several coastal colonies were established up until then.
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Level 57
Apr 25, 2021
Just imagine how India looked like back then.
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Level 55
Apr 25, 2021
Probably very different from now. We also don't know a lot about most historical Indian boundaries, unfortunately. But this is probably as close as you'd get.
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Level 55
Apr 25, 2021
Oh my... how long did this take to make?!
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Level 55
Apr 25, 2021
About 45+ hours spread over a week.
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Level 51
Apr 25, 2021
Oh my gosh...how much spare time do you even have?! Everyday, I see a quiz In the R.U.B., each as good as the other!
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Level 55
Apr 25, 2021
Well, this one did actually take me a week to finish. Most of the other quizzes during the week have just been side-projects, haha.
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Level 63
Apr 26, 2021
Fantastic quiz, got 103/515. The incredible amount of detailing on the map (and acceptable type-ins) for India is awesome. Nominated and five starred!
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Level 55
Apr 26, 2021
Thanks! I really appreciate it.
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Level 67
Apr 26, 2021
This is by far the most detailed map you made Dekkie!
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Level 55
Apr 26, 2021
Thank you!
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Level 55
May 10, 2021
great quiz! One question: is it tonga time?
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Level 33
May 10, 2021
I think it's tonga time
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Level 37
Aug 13, 2021
*Colonizes pacific ocean*
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Level 24
Oct 28, 2022
we could make a religion out of this
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Level 71
Jun 3, 2021
Holy **** this is impressive. I honestly have no clue how have you have the time and the patience to do all of this. I've been noticing your quizzes a lot lately (thanks to spotlights and the posts you put up in Discord's Sharing Space sometimes), and I feel like every time I open a new one, it's even more detailed and well-researched than the last.

Honestly speaking, I've encountered very very few quizzes that deserve a feature more than this one. Nominated, and keep up the good work!

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Level 55
Jun 3, 2021
Thanks!
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Level 61
Aug 17, 2021
Formerly independent US States:

Texas. Yeah thats understandable

Vermont. Uh what now

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Level 55
Aug 17, 2021
Yep, Vermont was indeed independent for about fourteen years (albeit not recognized).
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Level 55
Sep 28, 2021
Hawaii: Only makes sense

California: Called themselves the Bear Republic, probably Russians

West Florida: ????

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Level 49
Sep 9, 2021
Amazing
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Level 55
Oct 30, 2021
Brunei's thriving!
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Level 58
Mar 28, 2022
Spotlighted for the 3rd
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Level 55
Mar 28, 2022
Thanks! Highly appreciated.
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Level 84
Apr 3, 2022
Nobody got the famous kingdom of Babungo?
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Level 50
Jul 30, 2022
too early for African colonization, too late for american colonization, just in time for The Republic of Vermont
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Level 70
Aug 11, 2022
but clafornia is part of america not spain???
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Level 37
Aug 17, 2022
It Will be after the Mexican-American war in 1846
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Level 37
Aug 17, 2022
The disputen Canardian lands are considered spanish, but that isnt really right. They also werent british, they beide only claimed it, not colonized
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Level 37
Aug 17, 2022
I think mostly All Europeaan (like me) didnt had vermont
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Level 58
Oct 28, 2022
I'm European (Irish) and I got Vermont. But I got less than 100 in total.
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Level 55
Aug 17, 2022
That's why they're striped like that.
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Level 37
Sep 1, 2022
I mean, if I looked on google maps I probably knew it, but that is kind of cheating
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Level 22
Oct 5, 2022
Nominated!
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Level 55
Oct 6, 2022
Thanks!
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Level 45
Oct 10, 2022
Its absolutely sickening how many people missed Owo.
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Level 77
Oct 24, 2022
great quiz, enjoyed, of course, nation-states are only a relatively recent invention so there's lots of grey areas and complexity, esp. outside europe and east asia. what was going on in the caucasus? makes me want to learn their history.
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Level 55
Oct 24, 2022
Thanks! The Caucasus region had a lot of de jure vassal states of the Zand dynasty that had basically become de facto independent for some years after the Qajar dynasty (who would rule all the way to 1925) overthrew them and reduced their territory to just Sistan by 1789. The previously ousted Afsharid dynasty was also still holding out in Khorasan since 1751 aside from this. This also explains why there are three instances of Persia here.
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Level 83
Oct 24, 2022
Very detailed, but there is one error. Half of New Zealand shows up as British but in 1789 the UK had made no claim to NZ at all. There was no permanent British settlers there until 1814, and in 1835 the UK confirmed NZ was a totally independent country with the Declaration of Independence. It only became a British colony in 1840 with the Treaty of Waitangi.
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Level 81
Oct 24, 2022
Based on this I guess, however I don't think a claim without any actual possession makes it a part of UK:

"The Colony of New South Wales was founded by 1788. According to the future Governor, Captain Arthur Phillip's amended Commission, dated 25 April 1787 the colony of New South Wales included "all the islands adjacent in the Pacific Ocean within the latitudes of 10°37'S and 43°39'S" which included most of New Zealand except for the southern half of the South Island."

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Level 55
Oct 24, 2022
Yes, it's based off the claim as listed above. I feel like the "no actual control" argument can be used for a lot of historical colonial possessions. Like for example how Spanish control over Louisiana is greatly exaggerated on most maps, as much of that region was left to de facto native control and wouldn't be properly settled until decades later.
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Level 83
Oct 24, 2022
I would argue this case is different from Spanish Louisiana though. The British Government repeatedly stated they have no control over New Zealand over the 1810s to 1830s. There were multiple cases of British citizens violating British laws while in NZ, but being unable to be punished due to it being outside the Crown's jurisdiction. The Colonial Office's notes to William Hobson in 1839 clearly state Britain had no rights to NZ land and needed the Maori to agree to cede the land by treaty. Australia was claimed by right of discovery, but NZ by right of cession (at least for North Island).
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Level 55
Oct 25, 2022
Fair point. I'll make sure to remove British control from the area next update.
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Level 53
Oct 28, 2022
The legal hair splitting there would definitely have to be the difference, because if we go by the "claim without actual possession" metric, then in 1789 British settlement in Australia consisted of a handful of ships, marines and half-starved convicts who'd just landed in Sydney Cove, yet laid claim to half the continent...
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Level 79
Oct 27, 2022
'Ioannina' should be considered a correct answer for 'Yanina'
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Level 55
Oct 27, 2022
Change pending.
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Level 54
Oct 28, 2022
Y ottomans are not in Qatar
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Level 55
Oct 28, 2022
Ottoman control had already ended in 1670, when the garrison stationed there had been defeated by the Bani Khalid tribe, which would control the peninsula until 1783.

Bahrain would take control of the peninsula then, albeit under pretty decentralized rule. In 1868, Qatar would start an independence war against Bahrain and remain under control of the peninsula in its own right until 1871. Only then did the Ottomans regain control of the area.

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Level 58
Oct 28, 2022
Yay Finally featured
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Level 65
Oct 28, 2022
Holy cow, this is a truly fantastic quiz! If I could give it 10 stars I would. Great job!
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Level 55
Oct 28, 2022
Thanks!
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Level 71
Oct 28, 2022
Needs some work on type-ins - especially a lot of Middle East and South Asian countries have multiple versions in romanisation:

eg) Zaydi/Zaidi, Karnatak/Carnatac, ...

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Level 48
Oct 29, 2022
Having spent countless hours playing Empire Total War on steam i'm glad my knowledge of 18th Century countries finally came into use lol.
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Level 36
Oct 29, 2022
Best proof that Western Sahara is Moroccan
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Level 32
Oct 29, 2022
incredibly detailed map. Where did you get the list of countries?
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Level 55
Oct 30, 2022
Simply put, loads of different videos and personal research.
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Level 32
Oct 30, 2022
Would love to go down that rabbit hole. Any chance you could activate the "Show missing countries" option for this quiz?
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Level 55
Oct 30, 2022
I would, but I'd need to make some time to be doing that since that requires manually placing the dots for all 500+ nations here, haha.
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Level 32
Nov 4, 2022
I didn't know that! I thought it was just a switch once you placed every country.
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Level 47
Oct 31, 2022
Dang, 86/512...
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Level 56
Nov 2, 2022
Great quiz! I never had thought that there were SO MANY different countries at that time...

Also new dimensions of... unspellability (is that even a word?)

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Level 81
Nov 3, 2022
Way too tough for me.
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Level 77
Nov 4, 2022
Got 5 points for only 94. Cannot support this:(
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Level 54
Nov 18, 2022
Ngqikaland is out of order
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Level 54
Nov 18, 2022
GG
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Level 31
Dec 16, 2022
what a MESS
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Level 77
Dec 27, 2022
I think 'Mogul' should be accepted for Mughal Empire.
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Level 50
Jan 15, 2023
0.08% got all 512.... are they cheating?
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Level 50
Jan 15, 2023
my 175 beats 98% already, 512 should be statistically impossible!
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Level 50
Jan 15, 2023
How did Brunei own so much land? Same with Bahrain!
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Level 55
Jan 15, 2023
Brunei used to be a major power in Southeast Asia for a good few centuries, pretty much until the British took over Malaysia and turned Brunei itself into a tiny protectorate.

As for Bahrain, it actually technically predates Qatar. Local tribes from Qatar had conquered the island from Persia by 1783, establishing the Hakimate of Bahrain. The name Bahrain / al-Bahrayn was synonymous with the eastern coast of Arabia at the time. Qatar would break free from Bahraini rule by 1868.