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*Includes pictures *Includes accounts of the mutiny by some of the crew members *Includes a bibliography for further reading *Includes a table of contents “On the Twenty Eight of April at day break the Captain and me were surprised by Mr. Christian, Stewart Young Haywood and the Master at Arms, with twenty one people. Christian and the Master at Arms went into Mr. Bligh’s Cabin and tied his hands behind him. Two men came into my Cabin, with muskets and Bayonets, told me if I spoke, that I was a dead man and that Mr. Christian had taken the Ship and that they was to put us onshore upon one of the Friendly Isles.” – John Fryer, Master on the Bounty The Mutiny on the Bounty is one of those great stories in history that most people have heard of but few people know much about. In fact, those who think they know what happened are likely to have formed their opinions from what they saw on a movie screen than what they read in a book. Fortunately, the true story itself is every bit as exciting as anything Hollywood could dream up. In April 1789, the HMS Bounty was conducting operations in the Pacific when about half of the crew put in action a plot to take control of the ship from its captain, William Bligh. Along with Bligh, most of the rest of the crew that remained loyal to him were cast adrift while the Bounty sailed off. The mutineers sailed to Pitcairn Island, and they scattered on that island and in Tahiti before scuttling the Bounty itself, but in the meantime, Bligh and his loyal crew were managing to successfully travel over 3,000 miles and reach the Dutch East Indies. Eventually, Bligh was able to make it back to report the mutiny in 1790, and the Royal Navy sent another ship, the Pandora, to go find and arrest the mutineers. The Pandora eventually nabbed 14 of the mutineers, but as if all of that wasn’t enough, it ran aground against the Great Barrier Reef, resulting in the deaths of 4 mutineers and dozens of crew. In the end, three of the mutineers were executed, and several were acquitted or pardoned, but the story became such a part of popular lore in Britain that it has been commemorated and depicted in various ways ever since. Of course, the mutiny on the Bounty has been made into several films starring Hollywood legends like Marlon Brando, Clark Gable, and Errol Flynn, and those movies often worked off one of the several novels written about the mutiny. The Mutiny on the Bounty tells the story of the most notorious mutiny in British history. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about the mutiny on the Bounty like never before, in no time at all.