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The Mutiny On The Bounty

The tale of the mutiny is incredibly interesting. In 1787, Fletcher Christian was the first mate on-board HMS Bounty, when it headed to Tahiti on a breadfruit expedition. The story goes that Christian, along with some of the other crewmates, overthrew Captain Bligh as they were attracted to the “idyllic” lifestyle and sexual opportunities on Tahiti.

Mutiny
Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The band of mutineers got rid of their captain by putting him on a small boat with eighteen of his loyalists and sending him out to sea. Christian and his allies commandeered Bounty and along with six Tahitian men and eleven Tahitian women, they stumbled across Pitcairn, making their home.