Last month we decided to take a trip around the world, starting from one of the biggest continents of the world: the Americas. Land of pioneers, marked in history by a multitude of invasions from many conquistadores, the Americas are composed by 3 multi-faceted parts, each having its own peculiarities, both in geographical terms and from a cultural point of view.
At Roamler, we chose the most popular countries and decided to test your knowledge about some facts and curiosities. Here are the correct answers to the quizzes and some useful facts to broaden your country general knowledge!
Homeland of lakes and winter sports, Canada is full of magical natural landscapes and (almost) uncontaminated nature. It has more than 30.000 lakes, if we consider only the biggest ones. In fact, their number exceeds 100.000, if the small ones are taken into account. 42% of you got this question right!
Canada hides some tricks about its capital and unless you have strong geographic skills or simply a good cultural knowledge, you may not know that Ottawa is the Canadian capital and almost all of you got it right, specifically 97.67%. So, great job Roamlers. 😉
We could not miss a food-related question, obviously. What is the most famous Canadain-produced product? Maple syrup, of course! Whether it comes warm or cold, on pancakes or waffles, it is delicious. 🙂 Canada produces the largest quantity worldwide, 80%, but many people still answered 70%. In fact, it was the trickiest question, but more than half still got it right!
Do you know? Each year, there are around 247 car accidents that involve a moose.
The United States of America have many symbols that represent them, but one prevails over the other, that is the Statue of Liberty. Situated in the harbour of New York City, it has always been an emblem of freedom and guidance. However, where does it come from? In 1865 the Frenchman Edouard Laboulaye, a law professor and politician, great supporter of the American Civil War expressed the idea that any monument raised to American independence would have properly been a joint project of the French and American peoples. The young sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi was inspired by it and together with Gustave Eiffel, they designed and built the Statue of Liberty and gave it to the USA as a gift in 1886. Apparently, this story is well known by all of you, as 99.39% got it right. J
The USA is also well known for its numerous national parks, where some of the biggest and tallest trees in the world can be found. In addition, American national parks are home of unusual ecosystems and many animal species that risk extinction. Yellowstone was the first national park and now there are 59, as 88.48% of you correctly answered. These parks are spread over 27 states and they offer unique views to tourists and visitors.
Besides all the good things for which the USA is renowned, some negative episodes put it in a bad light to the rest of the world. One of the most recent one is definitely the crisis started in 2008, called the “sub-prime bubble”. Its effect was devastating all over the world, but the USA suffered from it the most, reaching a point where 48% of Americans are living in poverty. This was the trickiest question perhaps, as 43.03% of you guessed it right.
Do you know? 1 out of every 8 Americans have been employed by McDonald’s at some point.
The vibrant Mexico is the country where some of the most erudite populations were born. The most famous of them is for sure the Aztec, which had the centre of its empire in the now called Mexico City. 79.82% of you guessed it correctly. Nicely done. 😉
This country is where many conquistadores (of different nationalities also!) landed in search for gold and treasures, but these were not the only great things Mexico had to offer. In fact, the country was the first to introduce the rest of the world to chocolate. Thanks Mexico for sharing, a life without chocolate would be awful! Most of the 78.9% of Roamlers who chose this answer were thinking the same. J
Despite the many years spent under the Spanish regency, in 1821 Mexico gained its independence and became a Republic. Now the Institutional Revolutionary Party is leading the government and Enrique Pena Nieto is in charge as Head of State. How many guessed it right? 89.91%. Very good!
Did you know México has 68 official languages!
Colombia is a country with many old traditions, which are still very vivid and present today. One of them is the traditional sport, not football, as many people may think but Tejo (pronounced teh-ho), that consists in throwing a metal puck/disc (the tejo itself) across an alley at a distance of approximately 20 metres, to a one metre by one metre board covered with clay and set at a forty-five degree angle. Nowadays, this sport is still played in Mexico and in other countries of South America. The beer companies have exploited this sport and now the connection between the Tejo and the consumption of beer is almost automatic. J
South America is famous for the mountain chains that cross its entire surface. The most famous one is definitely the Cordillera delle Ande, but it takes on different names according to the country and the part of the continent it crosses. In Colombia it is called Cordillera Central and 83.18% of you chose the correct answer. 😉
Colombia is also the country of origin of many celebrities (who thought about Shakira? :D) and important people, for example the famous writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez and the sculptor Fernando Botero. The question asked you to spot who was not from Colombia though and I guess most of you are well informed as 87.85% picked the right answer: Lupita N’yongo. The young actress comes indeed from Mexico.
Do you know? Colombia is the happiest country in the world according to the 2013 and the 2014 Barometer of Happiness and Hope.
As many of you already know, Chile is a country covered by mountains for the 80% of its surface, but its long shape and the fact that it has a coastal part make it a country with many different climates.
Chile is also a country where the soil is full of minerals and indeed, it is the first producer of copper! Maybe the coin you have in your hands right now comes actually from Chile. Nice, isn’t it? J
The South American country also was a place where ancient populations lived and flourished. The most famous one is the Mapuche, who gave first the name to the country, calling it Chile. Curious about what is the meaning? 61% identified the correct answer that is “Place where the Earth ends”.
Do you know? The most powerful earthquake ever recorded in the world was in Chile, in the city of Valdivia in 1960 (with a consequent tsunami). It reached a magnitude of 9.5 on the Richter scale.