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Cook Islands: Background & Country Profile

Introduction Cook Islands
Background:
Named after Captain Cook, who sighted them in 1770, the islands became a British protectorate in 1888. By 1900, administrative control was transferred to New Zealand; in 1965 residents chose self-government in free association with New Zealand. The emigration of skilled workers to New Zealand and government deficits are continuing problems.

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Source: The CIA World Fact Book 2003

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