Bligh, William

A Narrative Of The Mutiny, On Board His Majesty's Ship Bounty And The Subsequent Voyage Of Part Of The Crew, In The Ship's Boat (1792)


In 1787, William Bligh took command of the His Majesty's Armed Vessel Bounty. In order to win a premium offered by the Royal Society of Arts, he first sailed to Tahiti to obtain breadfruit trees, then set course for the Caribbean, where breadfruit was wanted for experiments to see whether it would be a successful food crop for slaves there. The Bounty never reached the Caribbean, as mutiny broke out on board shortly after the ship left Tahiti.

This is the William Bligh's own account of the mutiny and subsequent events.

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