New Zealand facts & history in brief
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is 1746 kmē island, 30 km from
the south of the South Island
separated by the Foveaux Strait.
The main economic activities are
fishing, farming and forestry.
In 1770 Captain Cook called it
the South Cape, mistakenly assuming
it to be part of the South Island.
The 19th century sealers frequenting
the island knew better.
Named after Captain William Stewart,
who charted the island in 1809.
The government bought the island
in 1864 for £6.000, from the Maori
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