Pitcairn Island is the most remote populated island in the Pacific. Pitcairn is a high volcanic island with steep cliffs on all sides. There is no barrier coral reef, and waves break on the steep rocky shores. The allure of Pitcairn lies in the romantic, yet tragic, history of its historical human occupation.
Pitcairn Island was colonized in 1790 by nine mutinous men of the HMAV Bounty of Captain Bligh and Fletcher Christian fame, and 18 Polynesians. The next ship to visit Pitcairn—the American Sealer Topaz in 1808—found only one of the mutineers—John Adams—still alive, along with nine women and some children. Adams was allowed to remain on Pitcairn until his death in 1929, and his is the only known grave of the original mutineers. Many of Pitcairn’s’ current residents trace their ancestry to the Bounty mutineers.
Anchor of the Bounty
Pitcairn residents in longboat
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