Cook Islands considers ditching colonial title

Cook Islands considers ditching colonial title

The Cook Islands reportedly wants to ditch a name commemorating an 18th century English sea captain and dreamt up by Russian map makers. The self-governing nation of 15 islands wants a name in the local Maori language and it has 64 possibilities so far. British navigator James Cook landed on the islands in the 1770s and it became a British protectorate in the late 1800s.

KeepInMind 1 year

Colonization was a big part of Polynesian culture so i don't think they can actually get away from colonization by going back to their roots. But it's their island so all the power to them.

(Un)Fortunate Son
(Un)Fortunate Son 1 year

Do they realize how expensive changing a name is? Good luck keeping your tourism industry when they have to change ALL of their ads with “Cook” on them.

Watheverable GRAMPS
Watheverable GRAMPS 1 year

12k residents, I had no idea a small city could become a country, goes to show what I know!

William Nolan
William Nolan 1 year

Even though Cook is a national hero here in Australia, I'm happy that they are considering this. A sovereign nation should promote its culture within its borders and the name 'Cook Islands' is of another culture.

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