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MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY

HAVE YOU HEARD OF THE SHIP THE BOUNTY? SEVERAL FILMS HAVE BEEN MADE ABOUT THE MUTINY THAT OCCURRED ON IT DURING A VOYAGE TO THE SOUTH PACIFIC IN 1789. BUT WHAT HAPPENED TO THE SURVIVORS?

From drama on the high seas to a tiny island colony that still exists today.

The Bounty was part of the Royal Navy, Britain’s fleet of ships. During the 18th century, life in the Royal Navy was tough. Voyages were long, sometimes lasting many years to far-flung places on the other side of the world. British sailors came into contact with different cultures and, on many occasions, there were hostilities. Conditions on ships were cramped and dirty, and ship commanders were often harsh. And in this atmosphere of cruelty, isolation and fear sailors sometimes rebelled against their superiors.

In 1787, the Bounty was prepared for a mission to the South Pacific. The crew was to set sail for Tahiti, pick up breadfruit plants and then head for the West Indies, to Britain’s Caribbean slave colonies. The breadfruit plant is a type of tree that produces a lot of fruit. It is native to the Pacific but the tree generally grows successfully when introduced into other tropical regions. The plan was to transport this plant to the Caribbean colonies and use its fruit as a cheap source of food for slaves there. The idea was proposed by Sir Joseph Banks, a famous botanist and veteran of Captain James Cooks’ South Pacific voyages. Banks recommended Lieutenant William Bligh (another veteran of Cook’s voyages) to lead the mission. Bligh was to be helped by John Fryer (the Sailing Master) and Fletcher Christian (the Master’s Mate). On 23rd September 1787, forty-six men commanded by Bligh set sail for Tahiti from Spithead in the south of England.

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Great news! The latest issue of Hot English (192) is out now! Learn over 1,000 useful words and expressions and improve your listening skills with Learn Hot English! This month: Learn 21 phrasal verbs with the verb “to get”. Plus, 12 useful words and expressions for talking about the body, 10 expressions for describing body language, 6 useful expressions for talking about the phone, idioms, phrasal verbs... plus: • Psychology – liars. • Culture – pets. • Speaking – how to speak English. • Grammar – the present perfect & past simple. • Travel – Denver, Colorado. • TV – late night shows. • Actors – Jamie Foxx & Jennifer Aniston. • The USA – bounty hunters. • History – mutiny on the Bounty. • Transport – road rage. • Food – tuna pasta. • The past – the Spanish Armada. • Accents – the Black Country accent. • Health – unusual exercise routines. • Language – irony. AND LOTS, LOTS MORE! By reading and listening to all this great content, you'll improve your English reading and listening skills and learn up to 1,000 useful words or expressions. Plus, you'll get a better job and pass English-language exams more easily. Guaranteed!
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