Pitcairn Island


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Pit·cairn Island

 (pĭt′kârn′)
A volcanic island of the southern Pacific Ocean east-southeast of Tahiti. Inhabited in prehistoric times by Polynesian peoples and rediscovered by the British in 1767, it was settled in 1790 by mutineers from H.M.S. Bounty and has been administered by Britain since 1838. Descendants of the original settlers still live on the island.
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Pitcairn Island

(pɪtˈkɛən; ˈpɪtkɛən)
n
(Placename) an island in the S Pacific: forms with the islands of Ducie, Henderson and Oeno (all uninhabited) a UK Overseas Territory; Pitcairn itself was uninhabited until the landing in 1790 of the mutineers of H.M.S. Bounty and their Tahitian companions. Capital: Adamstown. Pop: 48 (2012 est). Area: 4.6 sq km (1.75 sq miles)
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Pit′cairn Is′land

(ˈpɪt kɛərn)
n.
a small British island in the S Pacific, SE of Tuamotu Archipelago: settled 1790 by mutineers of H.M.S. Bounty. 59; 2 sq. mi. (5 sq. km).
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This gentleman is the Honorable McCoy, Chief Magistrate and Governor of Pitcairn Island. He will come along with us to Mangareva.
The PYRENEES was swept within a hundred yards of it before the wind carried her clear, and at this moment the panting crew, its work done, burst out in a torrent of curses upon the head of McCoy --of McCoy who had come on board, and proposed the run to Mangareva, and lured them all away from the safety of Pitcairn Island to certain destruction in this baffling and terrible stretch of sea.
This old man was merely the seed of McCoy, of McCoy of the BOUNTY, the mutineer fleeing from the hemp that waited him in England, the McCoy who was a power for evil in the early days of blood and lust and violent death on Pitcairn Island.
Seven knots was her speed when everything favoured, and we'd had a two weeks' gale to the north'ard of New Zealand, and broke our engines down for two days off Pitcairn Island.
Also, he stated that Chagossians would rather live as UK citizens on Diego Garcia, similar to how citizens on Pitcairn island live [Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands, are a British Overseas Territory in the southern Pacific Ocean];rather than be ceded to Mauritius.
While Fletcher Christian and the mutineers set sail for Tahiti and Pitcairn Island, Bligh and his men spent almost 50 days sailing 3,500 miles to a Dutch settlement in Timor.
HMAS Bounty carried four cannon and until recently only three were accounted for, two are on display on Pitcairn Island and one is in a museum on Norfolk Island, 900 miles east of Australia.
1790: Fletcher Christian and eight fellow mutineers from the Bounty landed on the remote Pitcairn Island in the Pacific.
1790: Fletcher Christian and eight fellow mutineers from the Bounty landed on the remote and then-uninhabited Pitcairn Island in the Pacific, along with 18 Tahitian men and women.
The Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey are Crown dependencies of the UK, and the UK overseas territories include Akrotiri and Dhekelia; Anguilla; British Antarctic Territory; Bermuda; British Indian Ocean Territory; British Virgin Islands; Cayman Islands; Falkland Islands; Gibraltar; Montserrat; St Helena and Dependencies (Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha); Turk and Caicos Islands; Pitcairn Island; and South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands.
In 2015, the UK created what was then the world's biggest MPA around Pitcairn Island, one of its overseas territories.
1790: Fletcher Christian and eight fellow mutineers from the Bounty landed on remote Pitcairn Island in the Pacific.