History of Pitcairn
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First posted on November 25th 2004






Timeline : Pitcairn

c.1000-1500
1606
1767
1790
1800
1808
1814
1819
1819-1820
1831
1832-1838
1838
1856
1859-1864
1887
1893
1898
1902
1904
1914
1940
1940
1952
1970
1984
Henderson Island was inhabited, as shown by artefacts found
Henderson Island, uninhabited, was discovered by Spanish Navigator Pedro Fernandez de Quiros
British navigator Philip Carteret found the island, then unpopulated
The mutineers from the Bounty settled Pitcairn
Of the original male settlers, only one, John Adams, had survived
An American captain, Matthew Folger, discovered the isolated community
The British vessels Briton and Tagus visited Pitcairn
British navigator James Henderson visited Henderson Island, named it "Elizabeth"
Survivors of the shipwreccked American vessel Essex survived on Henderson island
The entire population was resettled on Tahiti, but returned the same year
Dictatorship of an immigrant adventurer, Joshua Hill
Pitcairn adopted a constitution
The entire population was resettled on Norfolk Island
Five families returned to Pitcairn
The entire population was converted by Seventh Day Adventists
An island parliament was created
Pitcairn placed under the British High Commissioner for the Western Pacific, residing in Fiji
Britain annexed Henderson Island, Oeno Island and Ducie Island
British consul on Tahiti visited Pitcairn, abolished island parliament
The opening of the Panama Canal resulted in more bypassing ships stopping off Pitcairn
Issuance of postage stamps for Pitcairn began
Constitution was altered
Pitcairn was placed under the Governor of Fiji
Pitcairn placed under the British High Commissioner in Wellington, NZ
Pitcairn flag adopted




EXTERNAL
FILES
The Henderson Island Website posted by M. Winthrop
Pitcairn Islands Encyclopedia, from Pitcairn Islands Study Center