Bounty, The Mutiny and Piratical Seizure of H.M.S

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By Sir J. Barrow, published 1831.

HMS Bounty, which had been sent to the South Sea Islands to collect bread fruit trees, left Tahiti early in 1789. On 28 April of that year Fletcher Christian and others seized Lt Bligh, the commander, and cast him adrift in an open boat with 18 members of the crew; they eventually reached Timor. Meanwhile the Bounty with 25 of the crew sailed to Tahiti, where 16 were put ashore. These men were later arrested and many of them were drowned when HMS Pandora sank. Fletcher Christian, with eight of his companions and some Tahitians, settled on Pitcairn Island. There they founded a colony which was eventually taken under the protection of the British government. These famous events form part of Byron's poem ‘The Island’, and have been the subject of books and films.

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