Science: Genetics on Pitcairn

In December 1787, H. M. S. Bounty, a British armed transport commanded by a brutal martinet named William Bligh, set sail from Spithead, England, for Tahiti, from which it was to take breadfruit plants to the West Indies. After leaving Tahiti two-thirds of the crew, led by the first officer, mutinied and abandoned Bligh and 18 of his supporters in a small boat equipped with oars and sail. Bligh and his companions won through to Kupang after 43 nightmarish days. Meantime the mutineers returned to Tahiti, whence nine of them set out again with...

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