Pitcairn Island

  • Brian Hunter
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.

Further Reading

  1. A Guide to Pitcairn. Pitcairn Island Administration, Auckland, revised ed. 1990Google Scholar
  2. Ball, I., Pitcairn: Children of the Bounty. London, 1973Google Scholar
  3. Murray, S., Pitcairn Island: the First 200 Years. La Canada (CA), 1992Google Scholar

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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1994

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