Pitcairn Islands
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Pitcairn was settled by a group of mutineers led by Fletcher Christian against the commander of HMS Bounty in April 1789. Six mutineers, 11 women from Tahiti, and one baby formed the initial population. Pitcairn Island was declared a British Colony in 1838, and three uninhabited islands, Henderson, Oeno, and Ducie, were annexed in 1902. The entire population of Pitcairn moved to Norfolk Island in 1856, but 44 returned to renew the settlement on Pitcairn Island. Many of the islanders still bear t…

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David McClean, “Pitcairn Islands”, in: Encyclopedia of Law and Religion, General Editor Gerhard Robbers. Consulted online on 24 March 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2405-9749_elr_COM_000049>
First published online: 2015



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