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Territorial Evolution of the United States on a Map

Can you name the countries from which United States has gained and lost territory to since its independence in 1776?
Not including most unincorporated island territories and military occupations (e.g. most related Banana Wars conflicts, Greenland, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Iraq, etc.)
Includes several unrecognized states. Secessionist states from 1860-1861 lumped into one entity.
It's highly recommended to answer each section in chronological order for the best experience.
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Last updated: February 6, 2021
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Year
Change
Country
1783
Gain
Great Britain
1791
Gain
Vermont
1803
Gain
France
1810
Gain
West Florida
1818
Exchange
United Kingdom
1819
Exchange
Spain
1835
Gain
Indian Stream
1845
Gain
Texas
1846
Loss
United Kingdom
1848
Gain
Mexico
1853
Gain
1860/61
Loss
Confederate States
1865
Gain
1867
Gain
Russia
1898
Gain
Hawaii
1898
Gain
Spain
1899
Gain
Samoa
1902
Loss
Cuba
1903
Gain
Panama
1917
Gain
Denmark
1942
Loss
Japan
1945
Gain
1946
Loss
Philippines
1979
Loss
Panama
1986
Loss
Marshall Islands
1986
Loss
F. S. Micronesia
1994
Loss
Palau
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Level 60
Feb 6, 2021
Denmark?
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Level 55
Feb 6, 2021
Yeah, that was a surprising one. The U.S. Virgin Islands were bought off Denmark in 1917. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danish_West_Indies
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Level 59
Jan 29, 2023
Remembered that from a CGP Grey Video
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Level 68
Feb 6, 2021
Awesome!
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Level 55
Feb 6, 2021
Thanks!
+5
Level 70
Feb 7, 2021
Very fun when you are able to get them in succession. Great quiz!
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Level 55
Feb 7, 2021
Thanks!
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Level 57
Feb 7, 2021
Make one about Japan!
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Level 55
Feb 7, 2021
I'll consider it. I have a lot of countries in mind at the moment.
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Level 57
Feb 7, 2021
I think the US had an occupation zone in Germany following WW2
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Level 55
Feb 7, 2021
Read the caveat. It was left out on purpose.
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Level 61
Nov 30, 2021
you should remove west Florida or at least except Spain as an answer
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Level 50
May 6, 2023
West Florida was British (please accept Britain for this answer)
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Level 70
Feb 2, 2022
Do all the gains and none of the losses to create a Megamerica and bask in its glory
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Level 65
Feb 2, 2022
Wow! this is so much better than the quiz I made, as this one actually has an SVG :0

nominated!

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Level 55
Feb 2, 2022
Thanks!
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Level 72
Feb 2, 2022
Didn't we take Samoa from Germany?
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Level 55
Feb 2, 2022
Modern-day (Western) Samoa and American Samoa used to be a single unified kingdom under a de facto joint protectorate under the UK, US and Germany before it was split.
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Level 61
Dec 16, 2022
Gadsden Purchase?
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Level 55
Dec 16, 2022
Listed alongside the Mexican Cession.
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Level 59
Jan 29, 2023
I wish you listed them seperatly, so it would test the knowledge of that as well.
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Level 82
Jan 29, 2023
did you get France mixed up with Vermont?
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Level 55
Jan 29, 2023
Nope. Vermont was a de facto independent republic that was admitted into the union in 1791.
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Level 91
Nov 22, 2023
I think there is some fundamental confusion regarding how the quiz is laid out. When 13 colonies are highlighted at the start, I assumed that we are to identify which country the 13 colonies gained independence from. in fact, you are starting with the 13 colonies as a base and are looking for us to identify which country the next acquisition came from. Therefore, once I type UK (for the original 13 colonies) and the map fills in with the second tranche of territory from the UK, I'm then trying to figure out what to type in for that group because UK isn't working. I didn't realize I needed to type in Vermont for the next (not shown) territory. I think the quiz would be more appealing if you showed the territory first and then asked us to identify who that came from - but that is your decision as a quiz maker. If you choose to leave it in the current format, I'd suggest that you make it clear that we need to identify the country for the next territory that is not yet shown on the map
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Level 60
Nov 22, 2023
It was quite fun, but I wish there was a bit more time for thinking.