Cocos Islands


Co·cos Islands

geographical name \ˈkō-kəs\

Definition of COCOS ISLANDS

islands E Indian Ocean belonging to Australia area 5.5 square miles (14 square kilometers), pop 600

Variants of COCOS ISLANDS

Co·cos Islands or Kee·ling Islands \ˈkē-liŋ\

Cocos Islands

   (Concise Encyclopedia)

Territory (pop., 2006: 571) of Australia. Lying in the eastern Indian Ocean about 580 mi (930 km) southwest of Java, it consists of two isolated atolls and 27 small coral islets and has a total land area of 5.6 sq mi (14.4 sq km). They were discovered in 1609 by William Keeling and first settled in 1826. Declared a British possession in 1857, the Cocos at times came under the government of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) but ultimately passed to Australia in 1955. In 1984 the residents voted to merge with Australia.

Variants of COCOS ISLANDS

Cocos Islands or Keeling Islands

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