Cook Islands History

History of Cook Islands

This is a brief history of Rarotonga and the Cook Islands with backgrounds of discovery, ancestry and today's modern society of the Cook Islands. History, language and culture of the Cook Islands Though Captain James Cook was the first Europeans to see the Cook Islands in 1773, he initially named the Hervey Islands. Cook Islands is actually named after a 1820' seacharts. The discoveries of the 15 islands and two cliffs that make up the land are, however, due to the Polynesians who came across them on their great migrations across the Pacific in the 7th and 8th cent.

In 1789 the HMS Bounty re-discovered the Rarotonga islands, although the first registered European landings took place in 1814. Things did not go well and the seamen were fighting a violent campaign with the islanders, leaving many deaths on both sides. The Cook Islands became a UK patronage in 1888 and were annihilated and part of Her Majesty's rule in 1900.

The islands within New Zealand's borders were enclosed in 1901. The islanders were New Zealand citizens in 1949 and in 1965 the Cook Islands reached self-government as New Zealand dependence. Ariki's House, made up of all the leading chieftains of the Cook Islands, acts as an advising group.

The Cook Islanders are New Zealand residents, but are referred to as Cook Islanders, a non-New Zealand state. Despite the fact that with around 100,000 tourists per year, the tourist industry is a key pillar of the country's economic development, the other sector includes off-shore banks - the islands are specialised in disputed wealth conservation groups that enable them to protect investors' wealth from borrowers - as well as pear, sea and fruits export.

Tiare Maori is the Cook Islands' main plant. On the islands live large, non-native communities of marine lobsters and Polyynesian rivals, which have drastically decreased the number of birds. The Tivaevae is the handcrafted blankets that represent the landscape of the island. Mostly Christian Church of the Cook Islands (58%); also Roman Catholic, Latter-day Saints, Seventh Day Adventists and Assembly of God.

English and Cook Islands Maori are the main language versions.

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