The British won the American Revolutionary War everywhere but North America, holding its own against the French, Dutch and Spanish Navies and maintained its territory in India, paving the way for future conquest. allthingsliberty.com/2015…
The letters on hillsides were started by rivalries between High Schools and Universities as a way to mark their territory. The first three β€˜mountain monograms’ were erected at Lahainaluna High, UC Berkeley, and BYU. They spread like wildfire in the Western US in the 20s and 30s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hil…
There is a society of warmongering chimpanzees who viciously attack other moneys to expand their territory, and even gang up on others in their group if they deem it necessary. youtu.be/dQn1-mLkIHw
In 1854, France bought from the UK the domains where Emperor NapolΓ©on Ist had died. It is now an enclave of French territory in the UK. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
Washington D.C. is not a state but a city and the capital of the United States of America due to Congress not having a permanent place to stay back in 1790 so they established a 100 square mile territory which would be marked as the District of Columbia. time.com/4296175/washingt…
From 1943-45, British military pilots were issued "escape boots". If they had to bail out over enemy territory, a concealed knife in one boot cΠΎuld bΠ΅ used to cut away the upper section, and convert them into "ordinary" shoes, which would help the airman pass himself off as a civilian iwm.org.uk/history/6-esca…
There are otter gangs in Singapore who fight for territories. It is well followed by the locals and the press. Each gangs has names and reputations. straitstimes.com/singapor…
That, at 85 metres, Bass Strait's Boundary Islet is home to the shortest complete land border between defined territories (Victoria and Tasmania) in the world, technically beating out the PeΓ±Γ³n de VΓ©lez de la Gomera border which is only one of a series of Moroccan-Spanish land borders. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bou…
Dik-diks, a small antelope species, mark their territories with their TEARS thedodo.com/daily-dodo/di…
The Rufus Buck Gang was an outlaw multi-racial gang whose members were part African American and part Creek Indian.[1] They operated in the Indian Territory of the Arkansas-Oklahoma area from 1895 to 1896. legendsofamerica.com/rufu…
Despite no longer possessing any territory, the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (founded in 1099) is considered to be a sovereign entity under international law. They maintain relations with over 100 countries, had their own air force until the 1950s, and are recognized by the UN. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sov…
The name Aral Sea means "Sea of Islands," as it had more than 1,000 islands at least 2.5 acres or more in size. There was also a top-secret Soviet bioweapons laboratory on an Island in the middle of the Aral Sea (now disputed territory between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan) newworldencyclopedia.org/…
Today I learned about the Voulet–Chanoine Mission, it was a French military expedition sent out from Senegal in 1898 to unify all French territories in West Africa. The expedition is remembered for its descent into depravity and extreme violence, actions which today would legally be considered war crimes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vou…
Although the US mainland was never invaded during WWII, four U.S. territories (at the time) – Guam, the Philippines, Kiska and Attu in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska, and Wake Atoll – were occupied by Axis forces. doi.gov/oia/press/op-ed-u…
Canada and the US share a number of "pene-exclaves" which are parts of a country that that can only be conveniently reached through the territory of another, such as Point Roberts, WASH and the Northwest Angle, MINN ctvnews.ca/canada/beyond-…
The Unorganized Borough is the large portion of territory that forgoes government structure in Alaska, and it’s size is larger than the land area of the smallest 16 U.S. states combined wikipedia.org/wiki/Unorga…
French Guiana is not a fully-autonomous territory, but rather an overseas department and region of France. Despite being in South America, French Guiana is part of the European Union and uses the euro, and Guianans are fully French citizens. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
The Oklahoma Panhandle exists due to a law preventing slave states holding territory above the 36Β°30’ parallel North. When Texas wanted to join the Union in 1850, it surrendered the land so it could continue to be a slave state. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Okl…
Canada's Northwest Territories launched a process in 1996 to find a new name. They dropped the matter when "Bob" emerged as a frontrunner. cbc.ca/news/canada/northw…
American Samoa has a population of less than 60k but has the highest rate of military enlistment of any U.S. state or territory. The local Army recruitment station in Pago Pago ranked #1 in 2014 and 2015 in production out of the 885 Army recruiting stations at the time. pireport.org/articles/201…
The Battle of Picacho Pass was the westernmost battle of the American Civil War. It occurred near Tucson, AZ while the area was still a part of the New Mexico Territory, 50 years before AZ's statehood. battlefields.org/learn/ci…
It took 8 days to deliver Lincoln's Inaugural Address by Pony Express to California, critical to the state's decision on secession. Young "Pony-Bob" Haslam, riding through Nevada territory fought Paiute Indians, receiving arrow wounds to his arm and jaw but still finished his leg in record time. americancowboy.com/ranch-…
In 2016, Yukon Territory ran an awareness campaign advocating for Vitamin D with the slogan "We all need the D." nationalpost.com/news/can…
Certain ant species commit suicide to protect their territory. As stinging wasn't effective against some predators, they evolved the ability to self-sacrifice to kill one or more enemies. They wrap themselves around an opponent & explodes, releasing sticky corrosive material killing both. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aut…
Today I learned of "Lost Dakota"- a small portion of the Dakota Territory that was not given to any state in the late 19th century and was subsequently forgotten for five years. It was later annexed by Montana and is uninhabited to this day, although it is reportedly "infested with grizzly bears". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los…
The Treaty on the European Union contains a mutual defense clause: 7. If a Member State is the victim of armed aggression on its territory, the other Member States shall have towards it an obligation of aid and assistance by all the means in their power, in accordance with Article 51 of the UN C eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-c…
Due to its numerous overseas departments and territories scattered on all oceans of the planet, France possesses the largest Economic Exclusive Zone (EEZ) in the world, covering 11.7 million km2. It is followed by the US, third is Australia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exc…
Germany is permanently forbidden from expanding its territory, even in the event a foreign state/country asked and/or voted to join Germany. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tre…
There is collection of islands off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada, that are actually French Territory. These islands, called Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, are one of the few time zones on earth that will force you to set your watch forward as you travel west from NL by ferry to reach it. newworldencyclopedia.org/…
There are almost no mosquitoes in Disney World (Florida) even though it is in a swampy territory abundant with bugs. They have a sophisticated mosquito surveillance program to try and eliminate them quickly. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Hawaii was not a state when Pearl Harbor was attacked in 1941. And in fact many US and British territories were also attacked the very same day. theguardian.com/news/2019…
Today I learned about the two-week long lion-hyena war over disputed territory in Ethiopia during 1999, where lions killed 35 hyenas and hyenas managed to kill six lions, with the lions eventually taking over the territory. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/afric…
In 1260, the christian crusader state of Jerusalem and the muslim Mamluk sultanate agreed to a truce to focus on the threat of Mongol invasion. The crusader state allowed a Mamluk army to pass through their territory in exchange for a discount on captured Mongol horses. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
In 1863, an escaped slave named Gordon stumbled into Union Army territory in Louisiana. He had trekked 80 miles after escaping a Mississippi plantation, where he had been whipped so badly that he almost died. His haunting image of gruesome injuries became a rallying cry across the North. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gor…
The U.S. has fourteen U.S. Territories with a permanent population of U.S. citizens of 3.56 million people. Together they would rank as the 29th most populous state. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ter…
Jack McCall was found guilty of the murder of Wild Bill Hickok in Deadwood, SD on 6 Dec 1876 & sentenced to be hung. McCall was the 1st man to be legally hung in the Dakota Territory on 1 Mar 1877 . He was buried in Yankton’s cemetery with the noose from his hanging still around his neck. legendsofamerica.com/we-j…
Palmyra Atoll is America's only unorganized incorporated territory meaning it is uninhabited yet falls entirely within US constitutional law. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pal…
Today I learned about a study at Voyageurs National Park that tracked 6 different packs of wolves for 3 years and saw them never crossing each other’s territory. No turf wars in this park, only respect timberjay.com/stories/a-p…
Operation Halyard rescued 417 Allied Airmen from occupied territory in 1944. The downed aviators were saved and assisted by Serbian Civilians who helped build landing strips for their extraction. sofrep.com/specialoperati…
The world's longest domestic flight (and the world's longest flight by distance) is a 15728 km flight between Paris and the city of Papeete in the Pacific territory of French Polynesia, which takes between 16-17 hours en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wor…
The largest national park in both France and the European Union is actually located in South America, in the overseas territory French Guiana, it is called the Guiana Amazonian Park en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gui…
By certain fringe interpretations of the Treaty of San Francisco, which normalized US/Japan relations post-WWII, Taiwan is rightfully Japanese territory. taiwanus.net/tcg/taiwan-j…
In the mid XX century, the British government tried to cultivate peanuts in over a million hectares in Tanganika, Tanzania, ignoring all the warnings that the territory was unsuitable, and only abandoned it after losing the equivalent of 1 billion pounds in 2020 value en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tan…
Today I learned about AndrΓ© Brugiroux, a French traveller who left home at the age of 17 with 10 francs in his pocket to visit every country and territory in the world between 1955 and 2005 by only hitchhiking spending no more than an average of one dollar a day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
The southern cross is used not only in the flags of Australia and New Zealand, but also Brazil, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, and several smaller territories and states. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
The Gadsden Purchase, which added territory to the United States from Mexico, was reduced by 9,000 square miles after it fell 3 votes short of ratification in the Senate, due to Northern concerns over the expansion of Southern territory. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gad…
An uncontrolled nuclear-powered satellite carrying 45 kg of enriched Uranium impacted Earth in 1978. The crash in Canada's Northwest Territories spread radioactive materials over 100,000 square km. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kos…
In the US states of Rhode Island, New York and the US territory of the American Virgin Islands, life-term inmates are submitted to "civil death": they no longer have any legal personhood as if they were dead and cannot sue nor own property criminallegalnews.org/new…
The Grasshopper Mouse survives on a meat-based diet and is not only immune to scorpion venom, but converts it into a pain killer. It is also known as the Werewolf Mouse because it howls to mark its territory. youtube.com/watch?v=1K9mO…
General Eisenhower, horrified by the concentration camps discovered as allied troops rolled into Nazi territory, ordered camera crews to document the grisly scenes. He also forced local government officials to tour the camps. Warning: This video is extremely graphic! youtu.be/xlhZe0uWYoo

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