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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)
(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)
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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