Dark secrets of a tropical island, which is still inhabited by pirates
The history of Pitcairn has murky origins. Europeans first discovered a piece of land was completely uninhabited Robert Pitcairn on HMS Swallow ship passed him in 1767 and put down in sailing the wrong coordinates, moving to an island 330 kilometers from its true location. It is here turned strange and gloomy fate of the rebels who have turned to the Pitcairn vice shelter thriving to this day.
Mutiny on the "Bounty"
But who discovered an island for the second time? A group of nine most wanted men in the British Empire, notorious rebels with the "Bounty". At the head was Lieutenant Fletcher Christian, the one that incited sailors to land captain and loyalists on a small boat, and he led the "Bounty" to a small island.
There is no way back to
Stepping on Pitcairn (ideal getaway, thanks to the wrong coordinates in sailing directions) pirates and rebels burned the ship. With tears in his eyes watched them for the death of "The Bounty," sank to the bottom of the ocean. The decision to flood the only ship owned by Fletcher: latter-day captain was well aware that the rebels when returning to their homes waiting for the fate of just one: dancing with hemp Molly, at that time called the gallows. Wreck was discovered by a team of National Geographic in 1957, and it now rests on the bottom of the Bounty Bay.
But even before Fletcher companions brought with them a few Tahitians: 6 men, 11 women and 1 girl were to become the basis for a future colony. This small group of successfully developing and growing until the 1808, when the island came across the English privateers, were still alive, only one rebel - John Adams.
Despite the fact that the island was a real paradise on earth (fertile land and an abundance of food, the almost complete absence of predators) there was chaos in the rebel group. Excessive alcohol consumption has led to a series of murders. In just a few years killed nearly half of the rebels and male Tahitians.
The biblical laws
John Adams tried to restore peace and order on the island with the help of an old ship's bible. Unfortunately, drunken Englishmen did not care about any there God's law. By 1794, all six Tahitians have received a residence permit in half-meter wells, the surviving rebels learned to distill alcohol and began to terrorize the neighboring islands. Several women tried to escape from Pitcairn on a makeshift boat, but failed.
By 1800, Adams was the only man on the island. He tried as best he could bring up 19 children, which was not so easy with a harem of 9 women. But peace was finally restored when the islet came across an American ship. In the end, for the successful maintenance of let a small, but still a colony, Adams received a full pardon from the Crown - that was unheard of at that time, when all attempts mutiny at sea is definitely punishable by death.
The sinister reputation of
By 1937 the population of Pitcairn reached strips in 233 people. Today it lives only fifty people, which makes the island a colony of the smallest in the world. Over the years, many legged artifacts raised from the "Bounty" islanders sold as souvenirs, but even the influx of tourists is not washed away from the island's sinister shroud rebellion.
The rebellious manners
But this is not the end of history. Apparently, there is something of a rebellious genes in the blood of the modern inhabitants of Pitcairn. In 2004, it turned out that almost half of the men of the island (including the mayor) for decades corrupt young girls. All were sent to a special prison, built on the island by the British government. By 2010, the men were released, and it all started again.
Today, any child under the age of 16 years must obtain a special request to visit the island. Pitcairn descendants of the mutineers turned into a dark place, with potentially endangered populations and groups who served for corruption of minors men.
The right to emigrate
At the same time, to become a citizen of the island is very easy. Newly-born immigrant must have the account not less than 30 000 dollars and must build a house is not cheaper than 140 thousand dollars. The average annual cost of living on an island is 24 000 dollars - rather big price to pay for in order to join the stories of pirates and rebels.