Mutiny on the Bounty Traditional Geocache
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Directly across the road is the house of Capt Bligh.The mutiny on the Bounty,28 April 1789,was led by Fletcher Christian against the commanding officer, William Bligh. Bligh and 18 of the crew were forcibly sent afloat in a small boat. Mutineers then settled on Pitcairn Island or in Tahiti. The Bounty was burned off Pitcairn Island to avoid detection. Descendants of the mutineers still live on Pitcairn island. The ship was on a single mission to travel to Tahiti, pick up breadfruit plants, and transport them to the West Indies in hopes that they would grow well there to feed the slaves. Though Bligh is portrayed as the epitome of cruel captains, this may not be true. Bligh was lenient compared with other British naval officers, he received the appointment because he was considered an exceptionally capable naval officer — an evaluation that would prove to be correct — and because of his experience and familiarity with navigation in the area and local customs. Bligh then navigated the 23-foot open boat on a 47-day, 3618 mile voyage to Timor in the Dutch East Indies. Equipped with only a quadrant and a pocket watch and with no charts or compass, landing in Kupang, Timor on 14 June. Christian, his men and some Tahitians settled in the Pitcairn islands, but eventually killed eachother.
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