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Quiz about Not a Penny Less
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Not a Penny Less Trivia Quiz


What might have seemed like a large sum at the time, seems a pittance now! This quiz investigates some famous, and infamous, major land purchases. Some are well known, others a little more obscure. I hope you enjoy it!

A multiple-choice quiz by MikeMaster99. Estimated time: 5 mins.
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Author
MikeMaster99
Time
5 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
349,406
Updated
Aug 26 23
# Qns
10
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Average
Avg Score
8 / 10
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Question 1 of 10
1. The Manahatta band of the Lenape (also known as Delaware Indians) received trade goods worth 60 guilders from Peter Minuit in 1626 in exchange for which island at the mouth of the Hudson River? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. In this case, the local population received nothing as one colonial power (United Kingdom) paid another (Denmark) 10 million pounds in 1850 for their forts and settlements on the "Gold Coast". Reasons for the British purchase included preventing the illegal slave trade and to curtail the aspirations of other colonial powers, notably Belgium and France. In which area of Africa, which includes the modern day country of Ghana, was the "Gold Coast"? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. As President Andrew Johnson's Secretary of State, in 1867 William Henry Seward negotiated the purchase of which very large tract of almost empty land for the price of 2 cents per acre? This land included the Kenanskaya (now Kenai) Peninsula and Kodiak Island (the second largest US island). Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. On June 6, 1835, John Batman purchased nearly 2000 square km of land (780 square miles) from the Wurundjeri tribe for a variety of objects including blankets, shirts, tomahawks, scissors, looking-glasses, knives and flour. Which major city, which became the first national capital of Australia, grew up on this site? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Although Thomas Jefferson did not immediately have the $15 million dollars needed for this acquisition of nearly 830,000 square miles of land in 1803, he borrowed the money from Great Britain at 6% interest. Which area did he purchase, partially as a political move to guarantee access to the port near the mouth of the Mississippi River and also to thwart potential French aggression? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. In 1819, Sir Stamford Raffles, acting on behalf of the British East India Company agreed to annual payments of 5,000 Spanish Dollars to Sultan Hussein Mohamed Shah and 3,000 Spanish Dollars to Temenggong Abdul Rahman. In return, the 'Company' was allowed to set up a permanent trading post. On which island, at the end of the Malay Peninsula, was this post established? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. Under the terms of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo (1848), the USA paid $15 million for a large area which includes the present day states of California, Nevada and Utah, as well as parts of New Mexico, Colorado and Wyoming. Which country sold this land, contiguous to its own, to the USA? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. Under the terms of a treaty between the UK and the Netherlands signed in 1824, which island, part of the Dutch East Indies and containing the settlements of Batavia and Borobudur, was returned to the Netherlands for 100,000 pounds plus other conditions related to trade? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. In 1917, the USA Government paid Denmark $25 million for some islands in the northern Caribbean Sea, just to the east of Puerto Rico. The four largest of these islands are Saint John, Saint Thomas, Saint Croix, and Water Island. What is the collective name for this island group? The UK have a very similarly named island group just to the north east. Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. This unoccupied area was offered for sale by former chairman of the Hauden Observatory, Robert R. Coles, for the miserly price of $1 per acre during the 1950s. The only catch was that, according to the United Nations, this area was not available for sale! Where is it? Hint



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1. The Manahatta band of the Lenape (also known as Delaware Indians) received trade goods worth 60 guilders from Peter Minuit in 1626 in exchange for which island at the mouth of the Hudson River?

Answer: Manhattan

Manhattan Island, 22.7 square miles (59 km²) in area and 2.3 miles (3.7 km) in width at its widest point, strategically guards the entrance to the Hudson River (which provided easy access to mid and upstate New York). Dutch interests in Manhattan were originally focused on Fort Amsterdam as protection from possible attack by other European colonial powers.

The Dutch sought ownership of this land to protect their farms and investments. Fort Amsterdam slowly grew into what is now New York City. The original deed of purchase has been lost so exact details of the trade goods are not known.
2. In this case, the local population received nothing as one colonial power (United Kingdom) paid another (Denmark) 10 million pounds in 1850 for their forts and settlements on the "Gold Coast". Reasons for the British purchase included preventing the illegal slave trade and to curtail the aspirations of other colonial powers, notably Belgium and France. In which area of Africa, which includes the modern day country of Ghana, was the "Gold Coast"?

Answer: West Africa

The Gold Coast region of western Africa was infamous for the slave trade as well as the gold that gave the region its name. The Portuguese were the first colonial power to take an interest in the region with settlements dating back to 1482. By 1642, the Dutch had taken control. Eventually the area fell under complete British control in 1850, but in the intervening period, Sweden, Denmark and Prussia all had territorial holdings.

Other descriptive names based on the resources provided in western Africa at that time included the 'Slave Coast' (now Togo and surrounding areas) and the 'Ivory Coast' (now the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire).
3. As President Andrew Johnson's Secretary of State, in 1867 William Henry Seward negotiated the purchase of which very large tract of almost empty land for the price of 2 cents per acre? This land included the Kenanskaya (now Kenai) Peninsula and Kodiak Island (the second largest US island).

Answer: Alaska

Alaska was originally populated by Asiatic groups who crossed the Bering land bridge around 16,000 years ago when sea levels were lower. Eighteenth century Russian expansion was largely driven by the search for valuable sea otter fur and settlements were established at Sitka and on Kodiak Island.

In the aftermath of the Crimean War, the Russian Tsar, Alexander II, was very worried about British power and realized he would not be able to defend the large Russian territory in North America. He therefore instructed his minister to the US, Eduard de Stoeckl, to enter into negotiations with Seward.

The final price was $7.2 million. The Tsar was keen to make this transaction earlier but it was delayed by the US Civil War. With historical hindsight, what was initially described as "Seward's Folly" was an extremely astute purchase.
4. On June 6, 1835, John Batman purchased nearly 2000 square km of land (780 square miles) from the Wurundjeri tribe for a variety of objects including blankets, shirts, tomahawks, scissors, looking-glasses, knives and flour. Which major city, which became the first national capital of Australia, grew up on this site?

Answer: Melbourne

One year after the first settlement in what has become the State of Victoria (the Henty settlement in south-western Victoria in 1834), Batman and John Fawkner sailed across Bass Strait from Tasmania to claim land alongside the Yarra River. Details of this treaty were recorded in Batman's diary.

However, the treaty was invalid under British law as the Wurundjeri did not have the right to sell the land nor Batman to purchase it. Communication difficulties meant that the Wurundjeri did not understand what they were signing and certainly would not have entered into the agreement if they did understand. Nevertheless, the site for Melbourne was established and was partially determined by the abundant freshwater supply from the Yarra River.
5. Although Thomas Jefferson did not immediately have the $15 million dollars needed for this acquisition of nearly 830,000 square miles of land in 1803, he borrowed the money from Great Britain at 6% interest. Which area did he purchase, partially as a political move to guarantee access to the port near the mouth of the Mississippi River and also to thwart potential French aggression?

Answer: Louisiana

Although arguably unconstitutional at the time, there was widespread support for Jefferson's "Louisiana Purchase". The acquired land, which stretched west of the Mississippi River from the Gulf of Mexico to the Canadian border, almost doubled the size of the USA. The price at the time equated to less than three cents per acre.
6. In 1819, Sir Stamford Raffles, acting on behalf of the British East India Company agreed to annual payments of 5,000 Spanish Dollars to Sultan Hussein Mohamed Shah and 3,000 Spanish Dollars to Temenggong Abdul Rahman. In return, the 'Company' was allowed to set up a permanent trading post. On which island, at the end of the Malay Peninsula, was this post established?

Answer: Singapore

This agreement is seen as the founding point of modern Singapore, a thriving city-state of just 272 sq miles (704 km²) separated from Malaysia by the Straits of Johor and from Indonesia by the Singapore Strait. A major reason the British statesman, Sir Stamford Raffles pushed this agreement was a strong desire to break the Dutch trading monopoly in the East Indies. Raffles was also a key figure in the conquest of Java from French and Dutch forces during the Napoleonic Wars.
7. Under the terms of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo (1848), the USA paid $15 million for a large area which includes the present day states of California, Nevada and Utah, as well as parts of New Mexico, Colorado and Wyoming. Which country sold this land, contiguous to its own, to the USA?

Answer: Mexico

The treaty and the subsequent land transfer were direct outcomes of the Mexican-American War of 1846-1848. After losing the war, Mexico was forced to cede Alta California and New Mexico in exchange for this payment, which was used to simply offset a much larger Mexican debt. This treaty also established the present international boundary of the Rio Grande.
8. Under the terms of a treaty between the UK and the Netherlands signed in 1824, which island, part of the Dutch East Indies and containing the settlements of Batavia and Borobudur, was returned to the Netherlands for 100,000 pounds plus other conditions related to trade?

Answer: Java

The Anglo-Dutch Treaty of 1824 was intended to reduce tensions between these two major colonial powers. Such tensions arose due to British occupation of Dutch lands during the Napoleonic wars and the establishment of Singapore as a British trading center in 1819.

The agreement included clauses where each side agreed to oppose piracy but not to use civilian or military force to hinder trade. Java remained under Dutch control until Indonesian independence in 1945, but this control was significantly weakened during the Japanese occupation during World War II.
9. In 1917, the USA Government paid Denmark $25 million for some islands in the northern Caribbean Sea, just to the east of Puerto Rico. The four largest of these islands are Saint John, Saint Thomas, Saint Croix, and Water Island. What is the collective name for this island group? The UK have a very similarly named island group just to the north east.

Answer: U.S. Virgin Isles

Christopher Columbus named the Virgin Islands in 1493 after Saint Ursula and her virgin followers. Saint Thomas was first settled (in 1672) by the Danish West India Company followed by Saint John a couple of decades later. Saint Croix was purchased from the French during the early 18th century. Sugarcane was the major contributor to the Islands' economy, driven by slave labor until that was abolished in 1848.

The sale to the USA was seen as mutually beneficial in 1917: the Danes were very concerned about the financial costs of maintaining an unproductive asset and the Americans were keen to prevent Germany seizing the islands as a possible submarine base. Tourism is now the major economic activity with an estimated two million visitors every year, largely via cruise ships.
10. This unoccupied area was offered for sale by former chairman of the Hauden Observatory, Robert R. Coles, for the miserly price of $1 per acre during the 1950s. The only catch was that, according to the United Nations, this area was not available for sale! Where is it?

Answer: On the moon

The 1967 "Outer Space Treaty" from the United Nations states that space and all extraterrestrial real estate is the "province of all mankind" and hence is not subject to claims of individual or state ownership. Despite this, some individuals and organizations persist in trying to sell title deeds to the Moon (as well as other bodies such as Mars). Caveat emptor!
Source: Author MikeMaster99

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