Pitcairn Island

  • John Paxton
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


History. It was discovered by Carteret in 1767, but remained uninhabited until 1790, when it was occupied by 9 mutineers of HMS Bounty, with 12 women and 6 men from Tahiti. Nothing was known of their existence until the island was visited in 1808. In 1856 the population having become too large for the island’s resources, the inhabitants (194 in number) were, at their own request, removed to Norfolk Island; but 43 of them returned in 1859–64.

Books of Reference

  1. A Guide to Piteairn. Pitcairn Island Administration, Auckland, revised ed. 1976Google Scholar
  2. Ball, I., Pitcairn: Children of the Bounty. London, 1973Google Scholar
  3. Ross, A.S.C. and Moverly, A. W., The Pitcairnese Language. London, 1964Google Scholar

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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1983

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