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Descriptor English: New Zealand
Descriptor Spanish: Nueva Zelanda
Descriptor Portuguese: Nova Zelândia
Descriptor French: Nouvelle-Zélande
Tree number(s): Z01.639.760.747
Z01.678.100.747
RDF Unique Identifier: https://id.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/D009520
Scope note: A group of islands in the southwest Pacific. Its capital is Wellington. It was discovered by the Dutch explorer Abel Tasman in 1642 and circumnavigated by Cook in 1769. Colonized in 1840 by the New Zealand Company, it became a British crown colony in 1840 until 1907 when colonial status was terminated. New Zealand is a partly anglicized form of the original Dutch name Nieuw Zeeland, new sea land, possibly with reference to the Dutch province of Zeeland. (From Webster's New Geographical Dictionary, 1988, p842 & Room, Brewer's Dictionary of Names, 1992, p378)
Annotation: Maori are Polynesians native to New Zealand; Australasia refers to Australia, New Zealand or both: check text
Allowable Qualifiers: EH ethnology
EP epidemiology
DeCS ID: 9706
Unique ID: D009520
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Date Established: 1966/01/01
Date of Entry: 1999/01/01
Revision Date: 2012/07/03
New Zealand - Preferred
Concept UI M0014800
Scope note A group of islands in the southwest Pacific. Its capital is Wellington. It was discovered by the Dutch explorer Abel Tasman in 1642 and circumnavigated by Cook in 1769. Colonized in 1840 by the New Zealand Company, it became a British crown colony in 1840 until 1907 when colonial status was terminated. New Zealand is a partly anglicized form of the original Dutch name Nieuw Zeeland, new sea land, possibly with reference to the Dutch province of Zeeland. (From Webster's New Geographical Dictionary, 1988, p842 & Room, Brewer's Dictionary of Names, 1992, p378)
Preferred term New Zealand



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