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Cook Islands

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Definition of Cook Islands in English:

A group of fifteen islands in the SW Pacific Ocean between Tonga and French Polynesia, which have the status of a self-governing territory in free association with New Zealand; population 11,900 (est. 2009); languages, English (official), Rarotongan (a Polynesian language); capital, Avarua, on Rarotonga.

Origin

named after Captain James Cook (see Cook, Captain James), who visited them in 1773.

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