What was the name of the first European settlement in North America?
The first European settlement on North American soil was rather short-lived, beginning around 1000 CE and ending shortly afterwards. It was established by Norse explorers who named the land Vinland for the grapes they found there.
Which animal was the leading candidate for national symbol of the US before the bald eagle was adopted?
The rattlesnake, unique to the Americas, became a symbol of defiance and independence and graced several political publications as a personification of the American spirit. Most famously, the rattlesnake is the centerpiece of the Gadsden battle flag.
The territory of which state was not purchased from Napoleon in the Louisiana Purchase?
The Louisiana Purchase, concluded in 1803, gave the young US control of all of the major rivers in North America and nearly doubled the nation's size.
Which was the first integrated state to abolish slavery?
Pennsylvania abolished slavery in 1780, influenced by Quakers, German Anabaptists and others who opposed slavery on religious grounds. Vermont abolished slavery before that in 1777, but it was a sovereign state at the time and not part of the union.
The territory of the Navajo Nation extends over how many states?
Situated in around the Four Corners region, the Navajo Nation territory nevertheless does not extend into Colorado.
The “Star Spangled Banner” tells the story of the Battle of Fort McHenry, which was a turning point of which war?
The context of the valiant defense of Fort McHenry was the war Britain waged against France, in which the US supported Napoleon, causing Britain to invade America once more.
The American Revolutionary War
Who did America purchase Alaska from?
Up until 1867, Alaska was the property of the Russian Crown.
Which of the following was not one of the original New England colonies?
Up until 1763, Vermont was a French colony and was only admitted into the Union in 1791
Which extraterritorial city is named in honor of a US president?
Monrovia, capital of Liberia, is named after James Monroe, 5th president of the US, who established Liberia as a colony for freed slaves.
The mass movement of immigrants to California was knows as:
The motivation that drove more than 300,000 to immigrate westwards was the discovery of gold veins.
The Great Western Migration
To which religious denomination did the original settlers of New England belong?
During parliamentary rule in England Puritans dominated British politics, but with the restoration of royalty, the Puritans were disenfranchised and left to build a utopia far away from the Anglican Church.
Catholics fleeing persecution in Anglican England
Anabaptists (Amish and Mennonites) fleeing both Catholic and Protestant persecution in Switzerland
Quakers fleeing persecution in England
Puritans who became politically disenfranchised due to the royal restoration in England
Which New York City Island served as a major immigrant station between the 1890s and the 1950s?
During its active years, Ellis Island processed about 12 million immigrants to the US
Who was the first black congressman in American history?
Elected in 1870, Mississippi Reverend Hiram Rhodes Revels became the first black congressman in US history
At which point did the US and Great Britain “bury the hatchet”?
Despite (or because of) their shared history and language, it was only around the end of the 19th century that America and Great Britain began warming up to each other
Immediately after the Revolutionary War
In the wake of the War of 1812
At the tail-end of the 19th century
During the final stages of the first World War
Which US state is the only one to feature a British Union Jack in its flag?
In 1793, explorer George Vancouver gifted king Kamehameha I of Hawaii with a UK naval flag, which evolved into the current flag of Hawaii
Arrange the largest states by order of magnitude from the largest to the smallest
Texas, Alaska, California
Texas, California, Alaska
Alaska, Texas, California
Alaska, California, Texas
Which of these brands is NOT American?
Hennessy, though extremely popular in the States, is a Cognac brand based in France