Do You Know the Correct Spelling of These North American Cities?

Gavin Thagard

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Tallahassee became the capital of Florida in 1824. The city is located in the Florida Panhandle.

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Indianapolis is the capital of Indiana. It is also home to the Indianapolis Colts, a professional football team.

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The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is considered a symbol of the city. It was built between 1933 and 1937.

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Philadelphia was a colonial city founded in 1682 by William Penn. It was the capital of the Pennsylvania colony until the American Revolution.

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Birmingham, Alabama, wasn't founded until after the Civil War, but the city wouldn't be spared from racial conflict. That conflict would come to a head during the 1960s across much of the country.

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El Paso sits on the U.S.-Mexico border. The name is Spanish for "the pass."

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Seattle is a port city in Washington located on the Pacific Ocean. The city was named after an Indian chief with a similar name.

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Savannah is Georgia's oldest city. When General William Sherman destroyed much of Georgia during his March to the Sea, he saved Savannah as a gift for President Lincoln.

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Charleston is located on Charleston Harbor, part of the Atlantic Ocean. The city was named after King Charles II of England.

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Greensboro was named after Nathanael Greene, a Major General in the Continental Army. Greene played a huge part in the Battle of Guilford Court House.

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Richmond was once a village of the Powhatan tribe. It became the capital of Virginia in 1780.

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Syracuse was founded in the early 19th century. It was named after Syracuse, Sicily.

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Cincinnati was the first city founded after the American Revolution ended. The city is nestled next to the Ohio River.

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Albuquerque is the largest city in New Mexico in terms of population. The city was named after Francisco V Fernández de la Cueva, who was the Duke of Alburquerque.

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Land in Fayetteville became available to settlers in 1828 with the Cherokee Treaty. However, the city wasn't established until 1836.

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The first ever Harley Davidson motorcycle was built in Milwaukee in 1903. The company still has a large manufacturing center in the city.

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The first rock and roll concert was held in Cleveland, Ohio. The concert was called the Moondog Coronation Ball and featured artists such as Tiny Grimes and Paul Williams.

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The largest earthquake ever in North America occurred in Anchorage, Alaska. It reached a 9.2 magnitude.

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In 1986, a man running for City Council was indicted for giving out Twinkies to voters in Minneapolis. Luckily, the charges were dropped.

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Sacramento is the capital of California. The city is also where the Pony Express delivery service originated.

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Toronto is the capital of Ontario. It is also the largest city in Canada with more than 2 million residents.

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Montreal has a large French-speaking population. In fact, it is one of the five largest French-speaking cities in the world.

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Vancouver is the largest film producing city in Canada. In North America, the city comes in third, following Los Angeles and New York.

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Saskatoon was named after a berry that grows near the city. It was established in 1883.

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Winnipeg, Canada, was the first city in North America to use 911 as an emergency operating system. They started using the system in 1959, but the number was originally 999.

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No city in Canada receives more sunlight throughout the year than Calgary. The city gets more than 2,500 hours of sunlight per year.

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Ottawa, Canada, is home to the Canadian Museum of History. This is the most visited museum in all of Canada.

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When Kentucky Fried Chicken moved to Canada, Colonel Sanders moved with it to Mississauga to oversee the transition of the franchise. He lived there from 1965 until 1980.

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Gatineau is located between the Ottawa River and the Gatineau River. It is a predominantly French-speaking city.

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Sherbrooke is an outdoor city with mountains and lakes surrounding it. The city has two major universities, Université de Sherbrooke and Bishop’s University.

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Reynosa sits on the border with the United States. The city has a constantly changing population as people flow through it trying to get to the United States or into Mexico.

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Acapulco is located on the Pacific Ocean. It is one of the largest tourist destinations in Mexico.

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Like so many seaside cities in Mexico, Puerto Vallarta is a major tourist attraction. The city was founded in 1851.

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Monterrey is a large industrial center in Mexico. One popular industry is the Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma Brewery, which makes Carta Blanca, one of the most popular beers in Mexico.

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Tijuana is a border city between the United States and Mexico. The city is known for bullfighting, which is popular among residents from both countries.

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About This Quiz

Wait - wasn't there supposed to be an extra "t" at the end of that!?

This can be a common question for someone who obsesses over spelling words correctly. There's always the "what if" that leaves you pondering longer than you probably should. Of course, you could pull out your smartphone and look it up in a snap, but there's no fun in that. Instead, you think and think until it comes to you, and when you check to see if it's correct, it is. Then, you're happy you spent those extra hours after school reading everything that you could get your hands on from the local library.

Maybe, that's you! If it is, then here is a quiz that will truly put your spelling abilities to the test. In this quiz, you'll find various ways of spelling some of the most complicated cities across North America. Even former spelling bee champions will struggle to get more than 30 questions correct. Once you're finished, you'll wish that "e" had been an "i."

If you are an excellent speller and up for the spelling challenge of a lifetime, take this quiz and prove to yourself and everyone else that you're a spelling master!

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