Tokelau is an area dependent on New Zealand with about 1400 inhabitants and an area of 10 km2. The atolls were settled by Polynesians over the surrounding islands. Until the 19th century, the islands were self-sufficient. Due to diseases brought by whalers, Peruvian human raiders and missionaries who tried to resettle 500 people, only half of the original population survived.
In 1877, the islands were declared a British protected area. On November 4, 1925, the islands were placed under the administration of New Zealand.
A postal ship only visited Tokelau three to four times a year. The first school was established in 1950, and in the 1990s it became the last country in the world to receive a telephone connection.
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