HMS Bounty

The Mutiny on the Bounty was a real imperial story. One of the primary reasons for the mutiny was because the ship had been specially adapted to carry breadfruit plants from Tahiti to the Caribbean in order to see if it would be a suitable food source for slaves and workers. The resulting cramped conditions meant that the officers and men were uncommonly close by the standards of the day and the conditions on board were harsher than normal. Remarkably, Bligh was able to take his small band of loyal crew over 3,600 miles across the Pacific to the Timor. The mutineers went to Pitcairn island to see out their days.

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by Stephen Luscombe