What Is the Smallest Continent?


Quick Answer

Australia is the smallest of the seven continents in the world, with a total land area of 3,310,000 square miles. The continent is made up of the country of Australia, Tasmania, New Guinea, Seram, and other neighboring islands.

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The Aboriginal people of Australia are said to have come from Southeast Asia by boat at the end of the last ice age. In 1770, Captain James Cook claimed the country for Britain. In the early 1790s, settlers began arriving in Australia. The Aboriginal people were displaced and unable to live according to their traditions and lifestyles that they were accustomed to.

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