The most remote island in the world, Pitcairn

Sara B

Pitcairn Island is the most remote island in the world, with 55 inhabitants located 3,240 miles from the coast of New Zealand and 1350 miles southeast of Tahiti. The Pitcairn Islands are a group of four volcanic islands in the south pacific ocean and part of the British Overseas Territory.


Of all the islands, Pitcairn is the only one inhabited and remains the least populated country in the world. Those who inhabit the island are known as Pikerners and Pitcairnese. They are Euronesians of British and Tahitian descent.

The island was settled by a group of nine Bounty mutineers and a handful of Tahitians. The mutiny occurred in the south pacific ocean on April 28th, 1789, led by Lieutenant Fletcher Christian. He seized control of the ship from Lieutenant William Bligh.

The mission initially began when the HMS Bounty left England in 1787 on a mission to collect breadfruit plants from Tahiti and deliver them to the West Indies. While cultivating the breadfruit plants for five months, some of the men from the Bounty formed relationships with the local women.

As a result, the men no longer wanted to follow military discipline, and Bligh lost control of his crew. Bligh began to punish those men with cruel punishments and abuse, especially Christian. Christian was among the men who had fallen in love with a local girl.

Once the men were forced to leave the island Christian, a few co-conspirators conspired to take over the ship. However, they did not kill Bligh and his men; instead, they sent them out to sea on an open launch; however, there was not enough room for all the loyalists, so Christian held them, prisoner.

Christian and his men then went back to Tahiti to collect their women and a few Tahitian men to help and sailed off, looking for an island to inhabit where they would not be caught by the British. Once Bligh and his men reached England in April 1790, the British government sent a ship to Tahiti to search for the men; but only 14 were on the island of Tahiti, and they were apprehended.

The others, including Christian, were on Pitcairn Island and not caught by the British. Pitcairn was not discovered until 1808; however, only one of the original men was still alive, John Adams.

According to reports, Christian and his men were not kind to the Tahitians, and eventually, they turned on them and killed them all except one, John Adams.

The British mutineers and the Tahitian descendants are those who still inhabit Pitcairn Island. Every three months, a ship brings supplies to the island from New Zealand. The island accepts tourists if approved by the Pitcairn council. Which I have read has a low approval rating.

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