Famous Land Deals Quiz
by Staff
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?

  • Oregon territory
  • Louisiana territory
  • Alaska territory

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?

  • 1984, 1997
  • 1989, 1996
  • 1979, 1996

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

  • World War I
  • The Opium Wars
  • The Far East Wars

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

  • France
  • Russia
  • Switzerland

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?

  • Texas
  • Florida
  • Louisiana

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

  • The Republic of Texas
  • Hawaii
  • Oregon Territory

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

  • The Louisiana Purchase
  • The Alaska Purchase
  • The Annexation of Texas

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

  • The Mexican-American War
  • The Spanish-American War
  • The Western War

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

  • the 42nd parallel
  • the 37th parallel
  • the 49th parallel

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

  • Alaska
  • Hawaii
  • Puerto Rico

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

  • $100,000
  • $11.25 million
  • $30 million

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

  • John Adams
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Abraham Lincoln

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

  • Spain
  • Portugal
  • England

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

  • Theodore Roosevelt
  • Woodrow Wilson
  • Andrew Jackson

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

  • 1904
  • 1914
  • 1919

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

  • New Mexico and California
  • Nevada and Texas
  • California and Montana

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

  • China and Tibet
  • China and Korea
  • China and Taiwan

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

  • Spain
  • United States
  • Canada

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

  • Louis XIV
  • Louis XV
  • Napoleon Bonaparte

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

  • Hawaii
  • Alaska
  • Guam