Papua New Guinea

  • Barry Turner
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


New Guinea, especially the eastern half (Irian Jaya), was known to Indonesian and Asian seafarers centuries before it was known to the Europeans. In 1512 the Portuguese sighted the New Guinea coast but made no landing until 1527. The Spanish first claimed the island in 1545 but the first attempt at colonization was made in 1793 by the British. The Dutch, however, claimed the west half of the island as part of the Dutch East Indies in 1828.


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Further Reading

  1. National Statistical Office. Summary of Statistics. Annual.—Abstract of Statistics. Quarterly.—Economic Indicators. Google Scholar
  2. Monthly Bank of Papua New Guinea. Quarterly Economic Bulletin. Google Scholar
  3. McConnell, F., Papua New Guinea. [Bibliography] Oxford and Santa Barbara (CA), 1988Google Scholar
  4. Ryan, P. (ed.) Encyclopaedia of Papua and New Guinea. Melbourne Univ. Press, 1972Google Scholar
  5. Turner, A., Historical Dictionary of Papua New Guinea. Metuchen (NJ), 1995Google Scholar
  6. Waiko, J. D., Short History of Papua New Guinea. OUP, 1993Google Scholar
  7. National statistical office: National Statistical Office, PO Wards Strip.Google Scholar

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  • Barry Turner

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