The legendary Pitcairn Islands consist of the inhabited Pitcairn Island and some uninhabited coral reefs. They are pinpricks in the middle of the ocean, thousands of miles away from their nearest neighbors. Pitcairn is the island where Fletcher Christian ended up, after the mutiny on the Bounty and after a long journey on the Pacific Ocean. The foundation for the island’s legendary status was laid by him and his men, the story of its habitation was the basis for several books and several feature films. The Pitcairn Islands are politically part of Great Britain. The Bounty and the Mutiny / Source: Robert Dodd, Wikimedia Commons (Public domain)
British Overseas Territories
- Fletcher Christian and Mutiny on the Bounty
- Subtropical Pitcairn Islands in the South Pacific
- Captain Cook and Norfolk
- Inbreeding and loneliness
- Tahiti and New Zealand
- Adamstown and Bounty Bay
- Pitcairn stamps
Fletcher Christian and Mutiny on the Bounty
Pitcairn is a volcanic rock in the ocean, where about fifty people live today. These are all descendants of the European sailors and their companions who were brought from Tahiti. They settled there after their mutiny on the Bounty. They had made a journey of thousands of miles via Norfolk to land at Pitcairn and never leave again. The first Fletcher Christian arrived on January 15, 1790. He and his men had married Tahitian women and Christian wanted to establish an ideal society on Pitcairn. The Bounty was set on fire and the new residents argued, children and simple utensils, writes Boudewijn Büch in his book Islands. Almost an ideal society.
Subtropical Pitcairn Islands in the South Pacific
Pitcairn is a subtropical island in the South Pacific measuring 4.6 square kilometers.
The islets that belong to the Pitcairn Islands are the uninhabited coral islands of Henderson, Ducie and Oeno, which are approximately 37 square kilometers in size. It was not until 1808 that it was discovered that the mutineers were on Pitcairn. It wasn’t as ideal there as Christian had in mind. The Polynesian men who were taken were treated as slaves and not all women came of their own free will.
Captain Cook and Norfolk
In 1831, the situation was so serious due to, among other things, a lack of water that all 83 inhabitants were transferred to Tahiti. Homesick for their island made the group move again to Pitcairn. In 1856 they moved to Norfolk, the island that Captain Cook first sighted in 1774, with the idea that they could live there on the same terms as Pitcairn, as their island. However, there were more people living on Norfolk and the men and women soon longed for Pitcairn again.
Inbreeding and loneliness
The residents of Pitcairn returned to their island once again, but life was not idyllic. People suffered from inbreeding and loneliness. Only rarely did a ship pass by, because there was nothing to be had on the island anyway.
Tahiti and New Zealand
Until recently, the Pitcairners were the last lonely islanders on the planet, but now the island is mentioned in travel guides and trips are organized there. It has beautiful flora and fauna with many special species of plants and animals and the journey by ship there is equally unforgettable. The island with a subtropical climate is only accessible by ship. The British Overseas Territory is located 2,170 kilometers east-southeast of Tahiti, a few days’ sail, and its administrative headquarters are in Auckland New Zealand, 5,310 kilometers away.
Bounty Bay / Source: Makemake_Wikipedia
Adamstown and Bounty Bay
Pitcairn is 3.2 km long and 1.6 km wide. The main town of Adamstown is located above Bounty Bay. The road into the city is called The Hill of Difficulty” . The residents all have to do odd jobs for the community from the ages of 16 to 60. The islanders provide for their own needs. Money is earned with wood carvings and stamps