The day the mutiny on Bounty started – level 2

28-04-1789

In December 1787, the British ship Bounty left England and went to Tahiti. The captain of the ship was William Bligh.

In Tahiti, the sailors had a lot of food and free time which they spent with Tahitian women. They spent 5 months there. Then they went to Jamaica.

The return to hard work at sea and limited food was difficult. Some men started to get very angry.

On April 28, 1789, after three weeks at sea, the angry men decided to start a mutiny. Not all sailors took part in the mutiny. 18 men stayed loyal to the captain. The men and the captain were put in a boat and left in the middle of the ocean.

Bligh tried to take his men to a safe place. After six weeks at sea, they reached the Dutch island of Timor where Bligh reported a mutiny on Bounty.

The mutineers returned to Tahiti where some of them stayed. The rest continued their journey to a small island in the Pacific Ocean where they could live. They had some Tahitian women with them. After landing, they burned their ship.

Their families still live on the island today.

Difficult words: mutiny (a rebellion on a ship), take part in (to do some activity with other people), mutineer (a person who is active in a mutiny), rest (the other people), burn (to destroy in a fire).

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