WHAT'S INSIDE: AUSTRALIA

These two nations may be geographically distant from many parts of the world, but their history is as fascinating as any other. Explore the history of Australia and New Zealand in these articles.
  • History by Territory
  • Glossary
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In 1770, Captain James Cook discovered the coast of eastern Australia and claimed it for Great Britain under the name of New South Wales.

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