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So-o-o-o, what about the OTHER nations that used to be part of the empire? I thought that most of them were still part of the Comonwealth...I was thinking in particular about the African nations (Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, etc.) Why aren't they included in the list?
The only former colony I don't see listed in Wikipedia is Zimbawe...
The third world countries come and go and change names to the point that its hard to keep track of them. My mother found in a garage sale one of those big world maps that used to hang in the classrooms and had it framed for Dad. So quaint to see Constantinople for example, and the U.S.S.R. A former cow-orker of mine, an amateur radio fiend tells me of an older couple who has Worked All Countries more than countries in existence. So British empire? Hard to tell who is what and belongs/reports/acknowledges whom these days....
Now what we need is one like this for Holland, Netherlands, and the Dutch.
Ralph Thayer, New London, Connecticut
Holland: a maritime region in the western part of the Netherlands that encompasses two provinces of that country: North Holland and South Holland. It is often used unofficially to refer to the Netherlands as a whole.
The Netherlands: this refers to the whole European country (it includes all 12 provinces, two of which are - North and South Holland). Those Caribbean territories of Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten are not part of the country of the Netherlands proper, but rather they are separate constituent parts of the larger "Kingdom of the Netherlands". Got it? Now here it gets complicated: there are also three islands that known as the Caribbean Netherlands (Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba) but these are constituent parts of the country of the Netherlands itself. Confused?
To review: the Kingdom of the Netherlands includes the Netherlands (which includes the Caribbean Netherlands), Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten.
Dutch: this is simply the English word used as an adjective or noun to describe the people, culture and language of the Netherlands. It actually started out in English as a more general term meaning German (and you can clearly see the etymological relationship to the word "Deutsch") which is why we still talk about "Pennsylvania Dutch". Incidentally, the Flemish language spoken in Belgium is actually Dutch too.
Wirraway ... If France is going to be returning territories, all of Aquitaine is a good place to start. It was Eleanor's property and a huge lovely, rich part of France. And she married two kings, one French and one English, and gave birth to two more, including Richard the Lion Hearted, who is buried in I believe Brittany, with Mom right next to him.