Here’s tonight’s Final Jeopardy answer and question for Monday, November 28, 2016:
Final Jeopardy! category: WORLD FLAGS
Final Jeopardy! clue/answer: Peter the Great designed Russia’s flag based on the tricolor flag of this nation where he’d gone to learn shipbuilding
(correct response beneath the contestants)
|Allison Totura, a research microbiologist from Frederick, Maryland
||Hobie Barnes, a consultant from Glendale, California
||Justin Bender, an technical engineer from Boulder, Colorado (1-day total: $19,600)
What is the Netherlands?
As a part of the Grand Embassy sent by Russia shortly after Ivan V’s death in 1696, Peter went to Western Europe. While it was ostensibly to examine the international situation at the time, it was also an information-gathering mission on the economic and cultural life of Europe. While on this trip, Peter the Great (while incognito as Sgt. Pyotr Mikhaylov) studied shipbuilding for four months, working as a carpenter at the Dutch East India company in Saardam.
While sources differ as to how the Russians became aware of the Dutch flag and adapted it into their own tricolor, as a few of them pre-date Peter’s shipbuilding training by a couple of years, every origin story does say that the Russian white-blue-red tricolor does originate as a modification of the Dutch red-white-blue.
The Russian tricolor itself proved to be the inspiration for the “pan-Slavic colors” used on the flags of many Slavic countries; in fact, the Slovakian and Slovenian flags are the Russian tricolor defaced with their respective nation’s coats of arms.
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