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7 Which African country's official language is Spanish?

 

The African country of Equatorial Guinea is the only African country with an

 

official language of Spanish. The continental and island country was a colony of

 

Spain until independence in 1968

 

92 Which state in the US has the most lakes?

 

The state with the most lakes is Alaska and not Minnesota despite the "10,000

 

Lakes" slogan on its license plates. Alaska is home to more than three million

 

lakes.

 

  

130 How many times larger in area is Alaska than Rhode Island? 

Alaska area 656,424 sq. miles

 

Rhode Island area 1231 sq. miles

 

Alaska is 500 times larger in area.

 

 

146 What are the countries in the world with the most

  

inhabited islands?

  

Indonesia archipelago of 17,508 islands (6,000 inhabited)

slightly less than three times the size of Texas

Philippines 7,107 islands pop, 87,.570,000 

300,000 sq. km 255 airports    slightly larger than Arizona

 

169 Which country is home to the most Muslims?

 

The world's fourth most populous country has the largest population of

 

Muslims. Approximately 87% of Indonesia's population are Muslims, so

 

with a population of 216 million, Indonesia is home to approximately 188

 

million Muslims. The religion of Islam spread to Indonesia during the

 

Middle Ages.

 

 

190 Which country is most reliant on fish exports?

 

Approximately 75% of Iceland's exports are fish so the country is very

reliant on fish and the fish industry. About 12% of the country's workforce is employed in the fish industry.

 

  

333 What is a "doubly landlocked" country?

 

A doubly landlocked country is one that is separated from an ocean or an ocean-accessible sea by two intervening countries. Uzbekistan and Liechtenstein are the only countries that fit this definition.

 

  

827 How many countries are in Africa vs. in South America?

 

There are 54 countries in Africa vs. 13 Countries in South America.

 

  

835 What are the largest countries with only one time zone?

 

China is the largest country with only one time zone (UTC+ 8).

 

The next largest country with only one time zone is India (UTC + 5:30).

 

Coincidentally, these are also the two most populous countries.

 

EUROPE

1 When was the peak of England's empire?

 

Britain was the world's foremost power during the 19th and early 20th century, but the economic cost of two world wars and the decline of its empire in the latter half of the 20th century diminished its leading role in global affairs.

By 1921, the British Empire held sway over a population of about 458 million people, approximately one-quarter of the world's population. It covered about 36.6 million km(14.2 million square miles), about a quarter of Earth's total land area.

The UK nevertheless retains major economic, cultural, military and political influence today and is a nuclear power, with the second highest defence spending in the world. It holds a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council, is a modern great power and is a member of the G8, NATO, the European Union and the Commonwealth of Nations.

2 What European countries were major colonial powers?

Britain, France, Spain Portugal, Dutch, and much less Germany and Italy.

 

3 When did European empires collapse?

1947 to 1960

 

4 What percentage of land remains today in FranceÕs possessions compare to the total land at the peak of FranceÕs empire?

Only !%

 

5 Name two French possessions in the Americas today?

French Guiana, St Pierre and Miquelon, and Aruba.

 

6 Name two French possessions in Oceania today?

French Polynesia and New Caledonia

 

7 Name two former Dutch possessions in the Americas today?

Suriname and Aruba

 

8 Does Belgium have possessions in the Americas today?

No and it never did.

 

 

12 Name the Netherland's two largest colonies?

Indonesia and

 

12 Name Portugal's two largest colonies?

Angola and Brazil.

 

12 Name England's three largest colonies?

Australia, Canada and India.

 

12 Name France's two largest colonies?

Algeria, West Africa, Libya

 

13 What European power started colonialism? and when?

 

Portugal. about 1400 AD.

 

16 Name Portugal's dependency in the North Atlantic?

The Azores islands.

 

17 Name Portugal's dependency in the South Atlantic off Africa?

Sao Thomas and Principe. Also the Canary Islands

 

18 What European power had the most colonies at its peak?

The British Empire was the largest empire in history and for a substantial time was the foremost global power. It was a product of the European age of discovery, which began with the maritime explorations of the 15th century, that sparked the era of the European colonial empires.

By 1921, the British Empire held sway over a population of about 458 million people, approximately one-quarter of the world's population. It covered about 36.6 million km(14.2 million square miles), about a quarter of Earth's total land area. As a result, its legacy is widespread, in legal and governmental systems, economic practice, militarily, educational systems, sports (such as cricket, rugby and football), and in the global spread of the English language. At the peak of its power, it was often said that "the sun never sets on the British Empire" because its span across the globe ensured that the sun was always shining on at least one of its numerous colonies.

During the five decades following World War II, most of the territories of the Empire became independent. Many went on to join the Commonwealth of Nations, a free association of independent states.

 

AFRICA

 

19 How many million slaves from Africa were imported by European powers into South America?

5.5 million

 

20 What two countries in Africa never became colonies of European powers?

Only Liberia.

 

21 Name the largest country in the world to be colonized by a Eu

ropean power?

Brazil.

 

22 What % of East African hospital visits are caused by con-

taminated water?

70% of East African Hospital Visits Are Caused By Contaminated Water

 

SOUTH AMERICA

 

23 When did Brazil become independent?

1810.

 

24 Were more slaves imported from Africa into North America or South America?

Historian Philip Curtin estimates that the total slave trade from Africa to the Western Hemisphere amounted to 9,566,000 people, the largest forced migration in all history. The 4,700,000 taken to South America accounted for half of the entire trade. The 4,040,000 who went to the West Indies represented more than 40 percent. By comparison, the British colonies/United States received roughly 399,000.

South America imported nearly 12 slaves and the West Indies imported more than 10 slaves for every slave who went to North America

 

NORTH AMERICA

25 How many American Indians were killed from the 16th to the 19th century?

Of American-Indians 16thÐ19th Century 13,778,000

 

26 What states in the US have the most native American Indians?

As of 2005 Census estimates, 1.0 percent of the US population is of American Indian and Alaska Native descent. This population is unevenly distributed across the country, with Alaska and New Mexico boasting double digit native populations while in five states they constitute only 0.2% of the population.

Alaska 16%                 Virginia 0.3%

New Mexico 10.2%     District of Columbia 0.3%

South Dakota 8.8%     Connecticut 0.3%

Oklahoma 8.1%         New Jersey 0.3%

Montana 6.5%             Maryland 0.3%

North Dakota 5.3%     Massachusetts 0.3%

Arizona 5.1%             Indiana 0.3%

Wyoming 2.7%         Tennessee 0.3%

Washington 1.7%     Illinois 0.3%

Idaho 1.4%             Hawaii 0.3% Native Hawaiian 9%

Nevada 1.4%         Georgia 0.3%

Oregon 1.4%         Kentucky 0.2%

Utah 1.3%             New Hampshire 0.2%

NCarolina 1.3%     Ohio 0.2%

Minnesota 1.2%     Pennsylvania 0.2%

California 1.2%     West Virginia 0.2%

Colorado 1.1%

27 What percent of American Indians died of diseases brought by European colonists?

 

European settlers sometimes brought diseases, against which the Native Americans had no natural immunity. Chicken pox and measles, though common and rarely fatal among Europeans, often proved deadly to Native Americans. Smallpox, always a terrible disease, proved particularly deadly to Native American populations. Epidemics often immediately followed European exploration, sometimes destroying entire villages. While precise figures are difficult to arrive at, some historians estimate that up to 80% of some Native populations died due to European diseases

 

28 What percent of American Indians today are of mixed blood ?

As of 2000, the largest tribes in the US by population were Navajo, Cherokee, Choctaw, Sioux, Chippewa, Apache, Lumbee, Blackfeet, Iroquois, and Pueblo.

In 2000, eight of ten Americans with Native American ancestry were of mixed blood. It is estimated that by 2100 that figure will rise to nine out of ten

As recently as the 1970s, the Bureau of Indian Affairs was still actively pursuing a policy of "assimilation",[23] dating at least to the Indian Citizenship Act of 1924. The goal of assimilation Ñ plainly stated early on Ñ was to eliminate the reservations and steer Native Americans into mainstream U.S. culture.

 

29 Which Canadian province produces more than half of the country's manufactured goods?

Ontario borders all of the Great Lakes and has access to the St. Lawrence Seaway. This puts it in a better position than any other Canadian province to import materials needed for manufacturing and to export finished goods.

 

30 What is the purpose of the National Geographic Bee?

The National Geographic Bee, an educational program of the National Geographic Society, is a nationwide geography competition for U.S. schools with any grades four through eight, designed to encourage the teaching and study of geography.

 

31 Who can participate in the National Geographic Bee?

Bee registration is open to schools and homeschool associations with students in grades four through eight who are not over the age of 15 by the time of the national level. A student must be enrolled in a school or homeschool association that is registered with the Bee. Also, students of the eligible grade levels must be following a school schedule and academic course load comparable to the majority of the student's grade-mates and age-mates. A student may not be enrolled in more than two academic courses at the high school and/or college level during each school year of the competition. We reserve the right to disqualify a student if we believe the rules have not been followed.

State winners are invited to National Geographic headquarters in late May to compete in the national finals for scholarships in the amount of U.S. $25,000, $15,000 and $10,000.

 

32 What western US county is the largest in the United States?

San Bernardino County is the largest county in the contiguous United States by area, containing more land than each of nine states. The county is larger in area than the states of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Delaware combined. Any of those states could be replaced in the list by New Jersey, Vermont, or New Hampshire. Population-(2005) 1,932,000 (est.)


Located in the southeast of the state of California, the deserts and mountains of this vast county stretch from the outskirts of the densely populated Greater Los Angeles Area to the Nevada border and the Colorado River. As of 2005 the population was 1,932,000 (12th in the country but only 4th in the state), largely located in its more populated southwestern portions. The county seat is San Bernardino. Its southwestern portions (the more urbanized part of San Bernardino County) are considered to be part of the Inland Empire region of Southern California, a bicounty area.


 

33 How much rainfall does San Bernardino Valley receive per year?

The San Bernardino Valley is temperate with about 15 inches of rain annually and temperatures ranging from the 30s to the 60s in January and from the 50s to high 90s in July. The San Bernardino Mountains are a popular winter sports area. Geography Area: 20,160 square miles (51,961 square kilometers). About 90% of the countyÊ is desert; the remainder consists of the San Bernardino Valley and the San Bernardino Mountains.

 

34 What US states export prisoners?

The states of Hawaii, California, Idaho, North Dakota, Vermont, Alaska, and Arizona have an unusual export - prisoners. These states export some of their prisoners to other states, often to private correctional facilities, to relieve overcrowding. Federal officials estimate that 10,000 state inmates are serving time outside their home state. A full third of Hawaii's inmates are serving time on the continent.

 

37 How many counties are in the US?

There are 3,066 counties in the United States. Counties vary greatly in size and population. They range in area from 67 square kilometers (Arlington County, Va.) to 227,559 square kilometers (North Slope Borough, Alaska). The population of counties varies from Loving County, Texas, with 140 residents to Los Angeles County, California, which is home to 9.2 million people.

Forty-eight of the 50 states have operational county governments. Connecticut and Rhode Island are divided into geographic regions called counties, but they do not have functioning governments. Alaska calls its counties boroughs and Louisiana calls them parishes.

 

38 How many counties are in Alaska?

There are 16 burroughs, plus 11 Geographical Census Areas in the state of Alaska.

The largest Alaska county by size is North Slope Burrough, which is 87,860 square miles.

The largest Alaska county by population is Anchorage Burrough, which has a population of 260,283.

The tremendous land mass of Alaska is equal to one-fifth of the continental U.S. was unexplored in 1867 when Secretary of State William Seward arranged for its purchase from the Russians for $7,200,000. The transfer of the territory took place on Oct. 18, 1867. Despite a price of about two cents an acre, the purchase was widely ridiculed as ÒSeward's Folly.Ó The first official census (1880) reported a total of 33,426 Alaskans, all but 430 being of aboriginal stock. The Gold Rush of 1898 resulted in a mass influx of more than 30,000 people. Since then, Alaska has contributed billions of dollars' worth of products to the U.S. economy.

In 1968, a large oil and gas reservoir near Prudhoe Bay on the Arctic Coast was found. The Prudhoe Bay reservoir, with an estimated recoverable 10 billion barrels of oil and 27 trillion cubic feet of gas, is twice as large as any other oil field in North America. The Trans-Alaska pipeline was completed in 1977 at a cost of $7.7 billion. Oil flows through the 800-mile-long pipeline from Prudhoe Bay to the port of Valdez.

Other important industries are fisheries, wood and wood products, furs, and tourism.

 

39 What are the 10 largest cities in Alaska?

(2005 ): Anchorage, 275,043; Fairbanks, 31,324; Juneau, 30,987; Sitka, 8,986; Wasilla, 8,471; Kenai, 7,464; Ketchikan, 7,410; Palmer, 6,920; Kodiak, 6,273; Bethel, 6,262;

Land area: 571,951 sq mi. (1,4 81,353 sq km)

Geographic center: 60 mi. NW of Mt. McKinley

Number of boroughs (counties): 27

Largest borough by population and area:

Anchorage, 275,043 (2005); Yukon-Koyukuk, 145,900 sq mi.

 

40 A county of the United States is a local level of government smaller than a state but almost always larger than a city or town, in a U.S. state or territory. The word "county" is used in 48 of the 50 states, while Louisiana uses the term "parish" and Alaska uses the word "borough." Including those, there are 3,077 counties in the US, an average of 62 counties per state. The state with the fewest counties is Delaware (three), and the state with the most is Texas (254).

 

WORLD

 

41 What countries have been colonized by the most other countries?

Papua New Guinea by 3.

 

42 The North Atlantic current brings warm waters from the tropics to the west coast of which continent?

The North Atlantic is the area of the Atlantic that lies north of the Equator and that the entire west coast of Europe borders the North Atlantic, so the correct answer is Europe

 

43 Of the 270 crew members who set out with Magellan to circumnavigate the globe, how many survived and returned to Spain?

 

Of the 270 crew members who set out with Magellan to circumnavigate the globe, only 18 completed the circumnavigation and managed to return to Spain

 

44 How many countries today use French as an official language?

French (franais is a Romance language originally spoken in France, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Switzerland, and today by about 300 million people around the world as either a native or a second language, with significant populations in 54 countries.

French is descended from the Latin of the Roman Empire, as are languages such as Spanish, Italian, Catalan, Romanian, and Portuguese. Its development was also influenced by the native Celtic languages of Roman Gaul and by the Germanic language of the post-Roman Frankish invaders.

It is an official language in 29 countries, most of which form what is called in French La Francophonie, the community of French-speaking nations.

 

45 What is the equator?

The equator is an invisible band that circles the center of the earth at its greatest circumference. This is the point at which the sun's rays hit most directly and is the hottest area on earth. By contrast, the poles are further from the sun's direct rays and are the coldest areas on the earth.

 

46 What are the Western and Eastern hemispheres?

The earth can be divided into hemispheres of significance.Ê The most useful divisions are the Northern and Southern Hemispheres and the Western and Eastern Hemispheres. The Northern and Southern hemispheres are separated by the equator. From the North Pole down to the equator is the Northern Hemisphere and from the South Pole up to the equator is the Southern Hemisphere.

The Eastern and Western hemispheres are divided by an invisible line that goes around the earth at a right angle to the equator. This line (or meridian, meaning big circle) passes through the north and south poles and cuts the earth in half as east and west. It crosses directly through a place in London, England called the Greenwich Observatory (pronounced grin' itch) and is called the Prime Meridian. Everything on the half to the west of Greenwich is the called the Western Hemisphere. Everything to the east of the observatory is in the Eastern Hemisphere.

The North American continent, for instance, is in the Western Hemisphere, which is why we are called 'western nations'. Russia and China, for instance, are in the Eastern Hemisphere and as such are considered 'eastern' nations.

 

 

48 How many miles did Magellan

 

 travel around the world?

 

Magellan's expedition was the first to circumnavigate the globe and the first to navigate the strait in South America connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Magellan's crew observed several animals that were entirely new to European science, including a "camel without humps", which could have been a llama, guanaco, vicu–a, or alpaca. A black "goose" that had to be skinned instead of plucked was a penguin.

Two of the closest galaxies, the Magellanic Clouds, were discovered by crew members in the southern hemisphere. The full extent of the Earth was also realized, since their voyage was 14,460 leagues, 69,800 km or 43,400 miles

 

49 Who established the international date line?

 

Magellan's crew. Upon their return they observed a mismatch of one day between their calendars and those who did not travel, even though they faithfully maintained their ship's log. However, they did not have clocks accurate enough to observe the variation in the length of the day during the journey.[9] This phenomenon caused great excitement at the time, to the extent that a special delegation was sent to the Pope to explain this oddity to him.

 

WORLD

 52 What is the difference between a jungle and a rain forest?

 

A JUNGLE is a rainforest where the trees have been cut down and short vegetation has grown up.

 

53 What is genocide?

Genocide is the deliberate and systematic extermination of an ethnic or national group.[1] While precise definition varies among genocide scholars, the most prominent definition in international law is found in the 1948 United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (CPPCG). Article 2 of the CPPCG defines genocide as "any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group, as such:

killing members of the group; causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life, calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;

imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;

forcibly transferring children of the group to another group."

The term "genocide" was coined by Raphael Lemkin (1900-1959), a Polish-Jewish legal scholar, in 1943, from the roots g?noV genos (Greek for family, tribe or race) and -cide (Latin - occido - to massacre).

The manipulation of historical accounts is a characteristic feature of genocide. Attempts to discredit accounts of the magnitude of atrocities, to dispute the historical record or its significance as a moral or criminal matter, are the final acts of obliterating a people or culture (see denial, below). The Holocaust has been unusual among genocides in history in the persistence of a historical perspective of moral outrage.

 

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57 What countries have had 20th century genocides of more than 1 million people?

 

20th century democides causing more than one million

Location Dates Est. Deaths

China (PRC) 1949Ð1987         77,277,000

USSR 1917Ð1987                     61,911,000

Colonialism 1900ÐIndep         50,000,000

Germany 1933Ð1945             20,946,000

Congo Free State 1885Ð1908 3,480,000 total of 10,000,000

China (KMT) 1928Ð1949         10,075,000

Japan 1936Ð1945                 5,964,000

China (Mao Soviets) 1923Р   1949 3,465,000

Cambodia 1975Ð1979             2,035,000

Turkey 1909Ð1918                 1,883,000

Vietnam 1945Ð1987                 1,670,000

Poland 1945Ð1948                 1,585,000

Pakistan 1958Ð1987                 1,503,000

North Korea 1948Ð1987         1,563,000

Mexico 1900Ð1920                 1,417,000

Vietnam 1945Ð1987                 1,670,000

Russia 1900Ð1917                     1,066,000

59 Who were the bloodiest dictators in world history? 

Dictator Dates Est. Deaths

Mao Zedong 1923Ð1976 77,000,000

Joseph Stalin 1929Ð1953 43,000,000

Adolph Hitler 1933Ð1945 21,000,000

Kublai Khan 1252Ð1279 19,000,000

Qing Dynasty, mainly Empress Dowager Cixi 1859-64,

Tai Ping Rebellion 12,000,000

Leopold II of Belgium 1885Ð1908 10,000,000

Chiang Kai-shek 1921Ð1948 10,000,000

Genghis Khan 1215Ð1233 4,000,000

Vladimir Lenin 1917Ð1924 4,000,000

Hideki Tojo 1941Ð1945 4,000,000

Pol Pot 1968Ð1987 2,000,000

Democide is a term coined by political scientist R. J. Rummel for "the murder of any person or people by a government, including genocide, politicide, and mass murder". Rummel created the term as an extended concept to include forms of government murder that are not covered by the legal definition of genocide, and it has found currency among other scholars.

 

60 Who was the leader of the worst genocide of all time in numbers of people killed?

Mao Zedong 1923Ð1976 77,000,000

 

61 Who was the leader of the 2nd worst genocide of all time in numbers of people killed?

Joseph Stalin 1929Ð1953 43,000,000

 

62 Who was the leader of the 3rd worst genocide of all time in numbers of people killed?

Adolph Hitler 1933Ð1945 21,000,000

 

65 What were the worst genocide countries in the past hundred years?

China Mao Zedong number 1 and the Soviet Union Joseph Stalin number 2.

 

66 How big is the international arms industry?

The arms industry is a massive global industry and business which manufacturers and sells weapons and military technology and equipment. Defense companies produce arms mainly for the armed forces of States.

Products include guns, ammunition, missiles, military aircraft, military vehicles, ships, electronic Systems, and more. The arms industry also conducts significant research and development

It is estimated that yearly, over 1 trillion dollars are spent on arms. Many industrialized countries have a domestic arms industry to supply their own military forces. Some countries also have a substantial legal or illegal domestic trade in weapons for use by its citizens. The illegal trade in small arms is prevalent in many countries and regions affected by political instability. Sometimes legally purchased weaponry is re-sold for illegal purposes..

In the Cold War Era, arms exports were used by both the Soviet Union and the United States to influence their standings in other countries, particularly Third World Countries. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, global arms exports initially fell slightly, but have since grown again to cold war levels.

The AK-47 has been produced in greater numbers than any other assault rifle and has been used in conflicts all over the world.

 

67 What countries are the leading suppliers of weapons worldwide?

Russia is the world's top supplier of weapons, a spot it has held since 2001, accounting for around 30% of worldwide weapons sales, followed by the United States, France, Germany and Britain.

The Control Arms Campaign, founded by Amnesty International, Oxfam, and the International Action Network on Small Arms, estimates that there are over 600 million items of small arms in circulation, and that over 1135 companies based in more than 98 different countries manufacture small arms as well as their various components and ammunition. According to Oxfam, an estimated 500,000 individuals die in small arms-conflicts every year, approximately one death per minute.

 

68 What countries spend the most on their military?

Military expenditure in market exchange rate dollar terms, 2006

Rank Country Spending ($b.) Ê% GDP ̧

Ñ World Total 1,158ÊÊ 2.41ÊÊ

1 United States 528.7 3.99

2 United Kingdom 59.2 2.49

3 France 53.1 2.38

4 People's Republic of China 49.5 1.88

5 Japan 43.7 1.00

6 Germany 37.0 1.28

7 Russia 34.7 3.54

8 Italy 29.9 1.61

9 Saudi Arabia 29.0 8.32

10 India 23.9 2.69

11 South Korea 21.9 2.47

12 Australia 13.8 1.83

13 Canada 13.5 1.06

14 Brazil 13.4 1.26

15 Spain 12.3 1.00

 

70 What country supplies the most weapons to third world countries?

US is top purveyor on weapons sales list Shipments grow to unstable areas By Bryan Bender, BOSTON Globe Staff Ê|Ê Nov. 13, 2006

WASHINGTON -- The United States last year provided nearly half of the weapons sold to militaries in the developing world, as major arms sales to the most unstable regions -- many already engaged in conflict -- grew to the highest level in eight years, new US government figures show.

According to the annual assessment, the United States supplied $8.1 billion worth of weapons to developing countries in 2005 -- 45.8 percent of the total and far more than second-ranked Russia with 15 percent and Britain with a little more than 13 percent.

 

ASIA

 

73 Who named the Pacific Ocean?

Magellan named the waters the Mar Pacifico (Pacific Ocean) because of its apparent stillness. Magellan was the first European to reach Tierra del Fuego just east of the Pacific side of the strait.

 

74 Who was the first European to reach the Philippines?

On March 16, Magellan reached the island of Homonhon in the Philippines, with 150 crew left, out of 270 and became the first European to reach the Philippines.

 

75 Name three other countries and their former names?

China (north) Cathay

China (south) Mangi

Vietnam Cochin-China (south), Annam (central), Tonkin (north)

Myanmar Burma

Tokyo, Japan Edo

Korea (North and South) Choson

Cambodia Kampuchea

Sri Lanka Ceylon

Taiwan Formosa

Thailand Siam

Beijing, China Peking, China

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Saigon, South Vietnam

Ankara, Turkey Angora, Turkey

Czech Republic & Slovakia Bohemia, Moravia, Czechoslovakia

Istanbul, Turkey Constantinople, Turkey

Iran Persia

Iraq Mesopotamia

St. Petersburg, Russia Petrograd and Leningrad, Russia

Moldova Moldavia

France Gaul

 

76 Who was Marco Polo

Marco Polo 1254-1324 was a Venetian trader and explorer who gained fame for his worldwide travels, recorded in the book Il Milione ("The Million" or The Travels of Marco Polo).

 

Polo, together with his father Niccol̃ and his uncle Maffeo, was one of the first Westerners to travel the Silk Road to China (which he called Cathay, after the Khitan) and visit the Great Khan of the Mongol Empire (??, Yuan dynasty), Kublai Khan (grandson of Genghis Khan).

 

Although the Polos were by no means the first Europeans to reach China overland (see, for example, Radhanites and Giovanni da Pian del Carpine), thanks to Marco's book their trip was the first to be widely known, and the best-documented until then. Marco Polo's description of the Far East and its riches inspired Christopher Columbus's decision to try to reach those lands by a western route. A heavily annotated copy of Polo's book was among the belongings of Columbus.

 

77 Taiwan Rejected Again For UN Membership

 

While Taiwan exists as a de facto country, it was rejected for the fifteenth time by the United Nations for membership in the world body. The UN rejected Taiwan due to Beijing's instance that there is one China and that Taiwan is not an independent entity, despite all evidence to the contrary. Thus, the UN fails to recognize a true country due to political pressure from a member of the Security Council and the world's most populous nation.

 

AFRICA

78 Name three African countries and their former names?

Current name Old Name

Algeria                         Numidia

Benin                         Dahomey

Burkina Faso             Upper Volta

Dem Rep of Congo     Zaire

Central African Rep, Chad French Equatorial Africa

Cote d'Ivoire             Ivory Coast

Djibouti                     Afars and Issas

Ethiopia                     Abyssinia

Ghana                         Gold Coast

Malawi                         Nyasaland

Mali                             Sudanese Republic

Namibia                         South-West Africa

Zimbabwe                     Southern Rhodesia

Zambia                         Northern Rhodesia

Tanzania                 Tanganyika  Zanzibar, German East Africa

Libya                         Tripolitania and Cyrenaica

 

GENOCIDE

 

79 How many people were killed in the importing and managing of African slaves?

Slavery of Africans 1451-1870 17,267,000

 

80 Where In Africa Did Slaves Come From?

Along the west coast of Africa, from the Cameroon in the south to Senegal in the north, Europeans built some sixty forts that served as trading posts. European sailors seeking riches brought rum, cloth, guns, and other goods to these posts and traded them for human beings. This human cargo was transported across the Atlantic Ocean and sold to New World slave owners, who bought slaves to work their crops.

Ê Along the west coast of Africa, from the Cameroons in the south to Senegal in the north, Europeans built some sixty forts that served as trading posts. European sailors seeking riches brought rum, cloth, guns, and other goods to these posts and traded them for human beings. This human cargo was transported across the Atlantic Ocean and sold to New World slave owners, who bought slaves to work their crops.

A typical Atlantic crossing took 60-90 days but some lasted up to four months Upon arrival, captains sold the slaves and purchased raw materials to be brought back to Europe on the last leg of the trip. Roughly 54,000 voyages were made by Europeans to buy and sell slaves.

Over the centuries, between one and two million persons died in the crossing. This meant that the living were often chained to the dead until ship surgeons such as Alexander Falconbridge had the corpses thrown overboard

 

 

83 Why is Australia called down under?

Australia is the smallest of the seven continents. It is also the sixth largest country. Its nickname of the "land down under" is due to the fact that it is located entirely below the equator. The word Australia is Latin for "southern land."

A chain of mountains called the Great Dividing Range runs north and south along the east coast of the continent. These mountains block rainfall and moisture from the Pacific and cause the inland of Australia to be mostly scrublands and deserts. The Australians call this area the outback.

The most important and striking physical feature of Australia lies just offshore of the continent. It is the Great Barrier Reef, the largest structure ever built by living creatures.

Australia has wildlife that is found no where else in the world. This is because Australia is so isolated from other large land masses, and its animals did not evolve in the same manner as in other areas of the world.

Australia has been an independent country since 1901. It is one of the most prosperous countries in the world. It exports large quantities of coal and iron ore and is a world leader in wool production.

SOUTH AMERICA

 

84 Which continent received more slaves- North America the Caribbean or South America?

Historian Philip Curtin estimates that the total slave trade from Africa to the Western Hemisphere amounted to 9,566,000 people, the largest forced migration in all history. The 4,700,000 taken to South America accounted for half of the entire trade. The 4,040,000 who went to the West Indies represented more than 40 percent. By comparison, the British colonies/United States received roughly 399,000. South America imported nearly 12 slaves and the West Indies imported more than 10 slaves for every slave who went to North America

 

85 How many slaves were brought into South America?

Through the trans-Atlantic slave trade, South America (especially Brazil) became the home of millions of people in the African Diaspora. The tensions between colonial countries in Europe, indigenous peoples and escaped slaves shaped South America from the 16th through the 19th Centuries.

In 1807, Britain became the first European nation to ban the slave trade. France, Holland, and the United States soon thereafter passed legislation banning the slave trade. However, since Spain and Portugal did not follow this example, African slaves continued to be sent to countries in South America until near the end of the 19th century.

In an attempt to stop the slave trade, Britain dispatched war ships to intercept slave ships off the west coast of Africa. When intercepted, the freed slaves were often sent to Liberia ("Liberty") and Sierra Leone (capital city named Freetown) in West Africa, which were established by US and British anti-slavers as havens for freed slaves.

 

86 How many Muslims are in South America?

The total Muslim population by country varies from 4 to 15 percent. The largest Muslim populations are in English-speaking countries such as Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago. There are small communities made up of Muslims of African descent, but the greatest number of Muslims are descendants of immigrants from India and Indonesia who came as indentured servants. In French-speaking countries, such as Guadeloupe, Guyana Franoise, Haiti, and Martinique, the Muslim community is mainly composed of African Muslim immigrants from West Africa. Martinique is also home to a very wealthy immigrant Palestinian Muslim community supported by Saudi Arabia.

 

87 How many slaves were imported into Brazil?

During the colonial epoch, slavery was a mainstay of the Brazilian economy, especially in mining and sugar cane production.

Brazil obtained 37% of all African slaves traded, and more than 3 million slaves were sent to this one country to work mainly on sugar cane plantations. Starting around 1550, the Portuguese began to trade African slaves due to two main reasons:

The Tupi people deteriorated rapidly, and became increasingly warier of the Portuguese, thus, obtaining new indigenous slaves was becoming harder and harder.

Portugal, at the time, controlled much of the African slave trade, thus, encouraging the colonists to import slaves from Africa, Portuguese traders managed to profit even more from the increased demand.

Although Portuguese Prime Minister Marqus de Pombal abolished slavery in mainland Portugal on the February 12th, 1761, slavery continued in the overseas colonies.

The African slaves were useful for the sugar plantations in many ways. They were less vulnerable to tropical diseases and to tropical environment. The benefits of the slaves far exceeded the costs. After 2-3 years, slaves worked off their worth, and plantation owners began to make profits from them. Plantation owners made lucrative profits even though there was approximately a 10% death rate per year, mainly due to harsh working conditions.

 

88 What was the average life span of a Brazilian slave?

The very harsh manual labor of the sugar cane fields saw slaves use hoes to dig large trenches. They planted sugar cane in the trenches and then used their bare hands to spread manure. 

 

The average life span of a slave was eight years

 

 

90 Which had more slaves Brazil or Argentina?

Unlike the Portuguese in Brazil, the Spanish who settled in Argentina did not bring in large numbers of African slaves to work plantations. ...

 

94 How many slaves were brought into the Americas?

The African Slave Trade to the Western Hemisphere has been very conservatively estimated at 10 million. 

 

 the US received 399,000 slaves, 

the Caribbean 3.7 million slaves,

 and Brazil another 3.6 million

 

The genocide practiced against the indigenous peoples and the growing demand for labor resulted in the expansion of the slave trade.

 

NORTH AMERICA

98 How many people were in the US in 1830?

1930 Census Total Population: 123,202,624


1900 Census Total Population: 76,212,168

1880 Census Total Population: 50,189,209


1860 Census Total Population: 31,443,321

1850 Census (36 States/Territories) Total: 23,191,876

1800 Census (14 States)                     Total: 5,308,483

1790 Census (12 States)                     Total: 3,929,214

 

WORLD

99 What are some common factors in the 40 countries that have had massive genocide in the 20th century?

Common Factors

AN OPPRESSIVE DICTATOR AND A ONE PARTY STATE 

Mao Zedong             1923-1976     77,000,000 

Joseph Stalin         1929-1953         43,000,000 

Adolph Hitler         1933-1945         21,000,000

 

2 NO FREEDOM OF THE PRESS

3 AN US VS THEM MENTALITY

 

6 an us vs. them religion, but Stalinist Russia and Mao China had no religion

 

4 SCAPEGOATING UNTO THE MINORITY or dissenters

5 A CRITICAL MASS MAJORITY OF OPPRESSORS 

(has a very small minority ever killed a vast majority?)

 

6 A POOR CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM with little chance

of being held accountable for murder.

 

7 LOW EDUCATION OF THE GENERAL POPULACE

 

8 POVERTY OF THE GENERAL POPULATION

 

104 Who was Marco Polo? 

Marco Polo (Sept. 15, 1254Ð Jan 9, 1324 was a trader and explorer who gained fame for his worldwide travels, recorded in the book Il Milione ("The Million" or The Travels of Marco Polo).

Polo, together with his father Niccol̃ and his uncle Maffeo, was one of the first Westerners to travel the Silk Road to China (which he called Cathay, after the Khitan) and visit the Great Khan of the Mongol Empire (??, Yuan dynasty), Kublai Khan (grandson of Genghis Khan).

Marco Polo's birthplace is an object of common debate. There are two historical view points in this matter. Some historians claim Polo was born in Venice, while others claim Polo was born in Curzola, Venetian Dalmatia (now Korcÿula, Croatia).

Although the Polos were by no means the first Europeans to reach China overland (see, for example, Radhanites and Giovanni da Pian del Carpine), thanks to Marco's book their trip was the first to be widely known, and the best-documented until then. Marco Polo's description of the Far East and its riches inspired Christopher Columbus's decision to try to reach those lands by a western route. A heavily annotated copy of Polo's book was among the belongings of Columbus

 

105 Which is larger Australia, the US 48 states or Brazil?

US 50 statesÑ Area (Total): 9,826,630 SQ. KM

US 48 states Area (Total): 8,080,464 SQ. KM

Brazil Ñ Area (Total): 8,511,965 SQ. KM

Australia Ñ Area (Total): 7,686,850 SQ. KM

 

In land area, Australia is the sixth largest nation

after Russia, Canada, China, the USA and Brazil.

 

US 48 states area: 3,537,441 square miles. ...

1 Alaska 1,717,855 sq. kilometers

43 Hawaii 28,311 10,931

  

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106 What is the largest city in area in the 48 states?

 

While New York City is the most populous city in the United States, Sitka, Alaska is the largest city in area. Sitka includes a whopping 2874 square miles of incorporated area. The city is larger than the state of Delaware! Officially known as the "City and Borough of Sitka," the city consolidated the City of Sitka Borough in 2000 to be the country's largest city.

 

Sitka displaced Juneau, Alaska as the largest city upon the 2000 incorporation. Juneau is 2717 square miles and was formed through incorporation of the borough and city in 1970. Sitka is a perfect example of an "overbounded" city, which refers to a city that has boundaries that extend far beyond its developed area (certainly the glaciers and ice fields in the city won't be developed soon.)

 

107 How large is Alaska in comparison to all other states in the US?

 

Alaska is a state of the United States of America that is located in the extreme northwest portion of North America, west of Canada. It is the largest US state in terms of area (by a substantial margin), comprising approximately one-sixth of the country.

 

The area that became Alaska was purchased from Russian interests on October 18, 1867, for $7,200,000. The land went through several administrative changes before becoming an organized territory in 1912 and the 49th state of the US on January 3, 1959. The name "Alaska" is derived from the Aleut alaxsxaq, meaning "the mainland", or more literally "the object towards which the action of the sea is directed".

 

108 What is the largest city in the continental 48 states?

Jacksonville, Florida is the largest city in area in the contiguous 48 states at 758 square miles. Jacksonville includes all of Duval County, Florida with the exception of the beach communities (Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach and Jacksonville Beach) and Baldwin.

 

 ASIA

119 Who are the Kurds?

 

The Kurds are an ethnic group who are indigenous to a region often referred to as Kurdistan, an area which includes adjacent parts of Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey. Kurdish communities can also be found in Lebanon, Armenia, Azerbaijan (Kalbajar and Lachin, to the west of Nagorno Karabakh) and, in recent decades, some European countries and the United States (see Kurdish diaspora). Ethnically related to other Iranian peoples, they speak Kurdish, an Indo-European language of the Iranian branch. However, the Kurds' ethnic origins are uncertain.

The exact number of Kurdish people living in the Middle East is unknown, due to both an absence of recent census analysis and the reluctance of the various governments in Kurdish-inhabited regions to give accurate figures. 

excerpted from     thegeographyking.googlepages.com

 


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