Cook Islands

Cook Islands

The Cook Islands are a self-governing parliamentary democracy in free association with New Zealand. The fifteen small islands in this South Pacific Ocean country have about 20.000 people and a total land area of 240 square kilometres. British navigator Captain James Cook arrived in 1773 and named the islands the Hervey Islands; the name "Cook Is...

The Cook Islands are a self-governing parliamentary democracy in free association with New Zealand. The fifteen small islands in this South Pacific Ocean country have about 20.000 people and a total land area of 240 square kilometres. British navigator Captain James Cook arrived in 1773 and named the islands the Hervey Islands; the name "Cook Islands", in honour of Cook, appeared on a Russian naval chart published in the 1820s. The Cook Islands became a British protectorate at their own request in 1888, mainly to thwart French expansionism. They were transferred to New Zealand in 1901. They remained a New Zealand protectorate until 1965, at which point they became a self-governing territory in free association with New Zealand.

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