French Guiana – A Sporcle Primer

French Guiana & Why it’s Not a Guessable Answer in the Countries of South America Quiz.

French Guiana

Oh French Guiana, what are we going to do with you? We receive a lot of feedback here at Sporcle HQ about certain quizzes. (Yes, we are aware that the descriptions in Lousy Descriptions of Tom Hanks Movies are lousy)  A lot of the time it’s difficult for us to clear up misconceptions on a user by user basis, but in the past, we’ve tried to address common answers in quizzes that appear controversial. So far we’ve written about the Southern Ocean and Colors of the Rainbow, and now we’re going to talk about French Guiana and exactly why it’s not guessable in the Countries of South America quiz.

Quick Facts

Of course, it wouldn’t be Sporcle without facts and trivia, so lets dive into a bit of French Guiana’s history. The region was originally a French colony beginning in the middle of the 17th century (though at times various pieces have been disputed).  In 1946, France made the decision to make French Guiana an official overseas department, along with the island regions of Guadeloupe, Martinique, Réunion and most recently Mayotte. These regions are considered integral parts of the French Republic and are officially represented in the French Government.

To cement this further, French Guiana is a part of the European Union, and has adopted the Euro as its currency. French Guiana’s official language is French–though independent ethnic communities tend to speak different language. The most common of those languages is French Guianese Creole. As it sounds, it’s a creole language with its foundation in French.


So Why Isn’t French Guiana Guessable?

Long story short, it’s simply because French Guiana isn’t a part of South America. While geographically it is within the boundaries of South America; politically the region is anything but. One of the easier examples to draw from is America. The states of Hawaii and Alaska aren’t attached to the rest of the US, but nobody would tell you they aren’t part of America. This comes despite the fact that Alaska borders Canada; not even bordering America.

Therefore, saying French Guiana isn’t a part of France would be like saying Alaska isn’t part of the US.

We hope that clears up any misconceptions about French Guiana. Of course, we at Sporcle make plenty of mistakes, and the world is always changing, so if you see what you think is a mistake on any of our quizzes, make sure to click the report link, and let us know exactly what’s wrong.