Famous Land Deals Quiz

Staff

Image: refer to hsw

About This Quiz

How much do you know about history's most famous land sales and swindles? Find out in our Famous Land Deals quiz.

Lewis and Clark led an expedition across North America in 1804 all the way to the Pacific Ocean to explore what new territory?

At that time, Lewis and Clark were trekking through the recently purchased Louisiana territory, all the way to the west coast.

In what year did Britain sign an agreement with China to turn over the colony of Hong Kong? When did the city return to Chinese rule?

Britain agreed to return Hong Kong to Chinese control in 1984, but the agreement didn't go into effect until 13 years later in 1997.

What wars led Britain to control the city of Hong Kong?

Britain and China went to war over Britain's opium dealings in China; after Britain won, it took Hong Kong as a reward.

Which country sold the territory of Alaska to the United States?

The Russian Empire sold the United States Alaska in 1867.

The 1819 Adams-Onis Treaty established the 42nd parallel as a division between the United States and New Spain and won the U.S. which state?

The United States was granted Florida in the 1819 treaty, which established a border between the United States and New Spain's territory at the 42nd parallel.

The United States annexed what land to become a state in 1845?

The Republic of Texas became a state in 1845, after declaring itself independent from Mexico some years before.

What land purchase approximately doubled the size of the United States in 1803?

The United States bought the Louisiana territory from France in 1803, doubling the size of the country.

Even though Texas rebelled in 1836, the United States annexation of Texas led to what war in 1846?

War broke out between the United States and Mexico after the annexation of Texas.

The Oregon Treaty between the United States and the United Kingdom split the shared Oregon territory along this line.

The United States and Great Britain split the Oregon territory along the 49th parallel.

Though it became a U.S. territory in 1898, this state didn't gain official statehood until 1959.

Hawaii was a U.S. territory before the beginning of the 20th century, but didn't become a real state until the end of the 1950s.

The United States paid France how much money for the Louisiana Territory, in addition to canceling France's debts?

The United States paid France $11.25 million dollars, and canceled out $3.75 million in debt the French already owed, for a total of $15 million.

Which U.S. president grappled with the decision to purchase the Louisiana territory because of his anti-Federalist political beliefs?

Thomas Jefferson felt uncomfortable buying the Louisiana territory because that power wasn't specifically outlined in the Constitution. He decided that the opportunity was too important for the nation, and purchased the land despite his reservations.

New Netherland, which would eventually become New York, was ceded to which country in the 1674 Treaty of Westminster?

New Netherland became New York after it was ceded to England in 1674.

Which U.S. President sided with a Panamanian independence movement from Colombia to be able to build the Panama Canal?

Teddy Roosevelt backed a Panamanian rebellion to strike a deal allowing the United States to build the Panama Canal.

French construction of the Panama Canal began in 1880. It wasn't finished by the United States until:

It took the United States until 1914 to finish the Panama Canal thanks to the difficult working conditions in Central America.

At the end of The Mexican-American War, the Mexican Cession won the United States what two large territories?

After The Mexican-American War, Mexico turned over a large amount of territory comprising what is now New Mexico and California.

The Seventeen Point Agreement was signed between what two countries, giving one sovereignty over the other but allowing it to remain autonomous?

The Seventeen Point Agreement granted China sovereignty over Tibet, but the area remained autonomous.

The Rupert's Land Act of 1868 granted this newly founded country a large swath of land from the United Kingdom.

Canada increased the size of its territory after receiving this land from the United Kingdom in the Rupert's Land Act of 1868.

Which French ruler sold the Louisiana Territory to the United States?

Napoleon, looking to earn some money for France, sold off the Louisiana territory to the United States.

Though it became a U.S. territory in 1912, this state didn't gain U.S. statehood until 1959.

Alaska became an official territory in 1912, but it wasn't until 1959 that it became a state.

About HowStuffWorks Play

How much do you know about dinosaurs? What is an octane rating? And how do you use a proper noun? Lucky for you, HowStuffWorks Play is here to help. Our award-winning website offers reliable, easy-to-understand explanations about how the world works. From fun quizzes that bring joy to your day, to compelling photography and fascinating lists, HowStuffWorks Play offers something for everyone. Sometimes we explain how stuff works, other times, we ask you, but we’re always exploring in the name of fun! Because learning is fun, so stick with us!

Explore More Quizzes