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Discovery of Pitcairn Islands

Posted in Anniversary, Exploration, History on Wednesday, 23 June 2010

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Mutineers from the Bounty land on Pitcairn Island. Illustration by Severino Baraldi

3 July is the anniversary of the discovery of Pitcairn Islands. The four islands (Pitcairn, Henderson, Dulcie and Oeno) in the Pacific Ocean were named after Robert Pitcairn who discovered them in 1767, although they had been occasionally inhabited and possibly discovered earlier, in 1606, by Redro Fernandes de Queiros.

The islands are famous as the home of surviving descendants of the mutiny on the Bounty in 1789. The mutineers, after setting Captain Bligh and those loyal to him adrift, settled, some in Tahiti, some on Pitcairn Island.

More pictures relating to Pitcairn Island and the mutiny on the Bounty can be found here. Many more illustrations by artist Severino Baraldi can be found at the following link.

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