what ever happened to Old Zealand?

im serious. why is there a New Zealand and no Old Zealand?

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  • 7 years ago
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    Just like New York is named after York in England, New Zealand is named after a province in the Netherlands. It was originally discovered by Abel Tasman, a Dutch explorer, in the 1600s. The Dutch mapmakers called it Novo Zeelandia. Captain Cook anglicised the name to New Zealand during one of his visits. The British chose the name Captain Cook used when they later colonised the islands.

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  • 7 years ago

    Zealand was a series of islands off the northern coast of Europe. I believe it is near Holland and I seem to recall that it transalated to something like "Sea Land".

    Source(s): I asked the same question years ago and this is what I was told.
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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    There is today still a place called Zealand.

    It is the largest island of Denmark

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  • Leanne
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    the name new zealand comes from zeeland in holland. jerseys an island between england and france. it sucks there. a lot.

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  • OzNana
    Lv 7
    7 years ago

    It's where it always was. In Holland.

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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    Good Question ! Anyone seen it ? C'mon which one of you thieving colonials nicked it ?

    Source(s): J...
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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    it got flooded centuries ago

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