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Pitcairn Islands

Summary Article: Pitcairn Islands from The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide
British colony in Polynesia, 5,300 km/3,300 mi northeast of New Zealand; area 47 sq km/18 sq mi; population (2005 est) 46. The capital is Adamstown. Products are coconuts, bananas, breadfruit, yams, pineapples, tomatoes, oranges, and pineapples; souvenirs are sold to passing ships. Geography The island group comprises Pitcairn Island (area 4.6 sq km/2.9 sq mi); the uninhabited Henderson Islands, an unspoiled coral atoll with a rare ecology, which has been a World Heritage Site since 1989; and the tiny Ducie and Oeno islands. History It was visited in 1767 by Captain Philip Carteret in his sloop Swallow, who named it Pitcairn after the midshipman who sighted it. After his return to England Carteret published an account of his voyage, and there was a copy of the book in the Bounty when it sailed from Spithead in 1787 under the command of William Bligh. The island remained uninhab...    Continue Reading
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