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First posted on November 24th 2004






Timeline : Cook Islands

300 B.C.- 800 A.D.
1595
1606
1773
1789
1821
1843
1865
1888
1890
1891
1892
1901
1902
1903
1904
1915
1942
1946
1965
1972
Cook Islands settled by Polynesians
Spanish navigator Alvaro de Mendana sighted Pukapuka
Spanish navigator Pedro Quiros landed on Rakahanga
British navigator James Cook visited island group; he returned in 1779
British navigator William Bligh landed on Aitutaki
First missionary arrived on Aitutaki
The chiefs of the Cook Islands applied for British protection
The chiefs of the Cook Islands applied for British protection
Britain declared protectorate over Rarotonga
Legislative Assembly, Executive Council of Arikis established
Cook Islands Federation declared a British protectorate
First postage stamps issued for the Cook Islands
Niue annexed by Cook Islands; Cook Islands administratively laced under New Zealand
Niue separated from Cook Islands, plced directly under New Zealand
Penrhyn began issuing her own stamps (until 1932)
Aitutaki began issuing her own stamps (until 1932)
New Zealand appointed a minister and a resident commissioner for the Cook Islands
The U.S. constructed airstrips on Aitutaki, Penrhyn
A Legislative Council was created
Cook Islands were granted self-government in association with New Zealand
Aitutaki, Penrhyn began issuing separate postage stamps




EXTERNAL
FILES
The Cook Islands : What is our past
History of the Cook Islands, from Lonely Planet
Cook Islands History, from Cook Islands Travel
A Global History of Currencies : Cook Islands, by Bryan Taylor