The Cook Islands are 15 islands -- mostly low-lying coral atolls, with some volcanic islands -- in the South Pacific Ocean.
Captain James Cook sailed there three times between 1773 and 1777 and he named them after his friend, Admiral Augustus John Hervey. At some unspecified later date, they were renamed the Cook Islands. A New Zealand protectorate, the Cook Islands were granted self-governing status in 1965.
The Cook Islands exports papaya and other fruits, as well as mother of pearl. The biggest part of the economy is tourism.
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