Cook Islands Introduction
Cook Islands Introduction: A summary of information about Cook Islands Introduction, from government research data as well as independent research and other sources.
Cook Islands: Introduction
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.