9 COOK IS­LANDS, South Pa­cific

Australian Geographic - - Geo Buzz -

An en­tire is­land na­tion bears Cook’s name – but these is­lands weren’t named by Cook. He re­port­edly named them the Her­vey Is­lands, af­ter a Bri­tish Lord of the Ad­mi­ralty, and went ashore at Palmer­ston when he vis­ited in 1773 and 1779. The Rus­sian car­tog­ra­pher Ad­mi­ral Adam Jo­hann von Krusen­stern re­named them to hon­our Cook in his 1835 sup­ple­ment to his At­las de l’Océan Paci­fique. The is­lands were set­tled by Poly­ne­sian ex­plor­ers in about the fifth cen­tury.

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