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New Zealand History

New Zealand History

Settlement and colonization Traces of Maori settlement are archaeologically documented from the middle of the 14th century. The myths of the Maori tell of a Polynesian settlement between the middle and the end of the 1st millennium AD. In 1642 the Dutch navigator A. Tasman sighted the west coast of New Zealand. Dutch cartographers first named the country “Staten Landt”, later “Nieuw Zeeland” after a province in their homeland. In October 1769, the English explorer J. Cook set foot on…

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New Zealand Guide

New Zealand Guide

New Zealand – country information Country name New Zealand Official name New Zealand Capital Wellington Continent Australia and Oceania Area 270,534 km2 Population 4,518,330 (2014) Foundation of a state 9/26/1907 The highest mountains Mount Cook 3764m (South Island), Ruapehu 2797m (North Island) The largest lakes Taupo 606 km2 State system a constitutional monarchy with a unicameral parliament The biggest cities Auckland 895,000 (conurbation), Christchurch 310,000, Wellington (capital city) 260,000 Official language English, Maori Ethnicity/National Composition European 73.8%, Maori 9.6%, Polynesian…

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