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1. Once upon a time New York was called New Amsterdam until it was lost to the English. The Dutch gave up their claim on New York in 1667 in exchange for what?
2. During the Edo period in Japan (1603-1867), the Dutch were the only Western nation allowed to trade with Japan. Their trading post, now a Dutch theme park called Huis Ten Bosch, was in which city?
3. The Dutch first landed in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) in 1602. It took them 56 years to drive out the other European nation that wanted control over the island. Which nation was this?
4. The focal point of the Dutch overseas empire in the 17th and 18th century was Jakarta in Indonesia (then the Dutch East Indies). At the time it was not called Jakarta. What was the Dutch name?
5. An island in the Indian ocean was used by the Dutch as a reserve for fresh food on the way to India. It was occupied from 1638 until 1710 and was named after the Dutch stadholder (highest government official) at the time. The island still bears this name. What is it?
6. Tasmania is of course named after the Dutch seafarer, Abel Tasman. He didn't name it after himself though as it was only named Tasmania in 1856. Before that it was named after the governor-general of the Dutch East Indies. What was his name?
7. Afrikaans, the language spoken by many white South Africans is a version of Dutch and many place names in South Africa are of Dutch origin. In 1854 the Boers (which is the Dutch word for farmer) proclaimed parts of South Africa to be two seperate republics. One was Transvaal, what was the other?
8. There have been three presidents of the United States whose ancestry can be traced back to the settlers in New Amsterdam. Both Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Who is the third?
9. The Dutch have lost all their overseas possessions with the exception of Aruba and the Dutch Antilles. The Antilles consist of 5 islands, Curacao, Bonaire, Saba and St. Eustatius. What is the fifth?
10. So far most of the Dutch influence mentioned in this quiz have been in the warmer parts of this world. There is however a sea North of Norway and Russia named after a Dutch explorer who tried to sail to China via the Northern route in the 16th century. What is it called?
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