What do these British men having good times Tahiti have to do with the Caribbean?
These are scenes from the famous film Mutiny on the Bounty, telling the story of Captain Bligh who survived on the sea after being kicked off his ship by his disgruntled crew, who mainly did not want to leave their debaucherous lifestyle they had grown accustomed to in Tahiti to head back to their duties in Britain . He was put in a small boat that stayed only 7 inches above water for over 6500 km with 18 of his loyal crew for 48 days with only a week’s worth of rations - which came up to be of an ounce of bread a day. With no maps he travelled entirely by memory.
Bligh survived, declared a hero and the mutineers were captured or surrendered, jailed and some hung, others dying in Polynesia through fighting with natives.
The purpose of this entire expedition was to attain Breadfruit plants to bring to the Caribbean as a means of cheap food for slaves.
This mission was accomplished through Bligh in a subsequent journey to Polynesia where he acquired 2126 plants . 678 survived the journey to the Caribbean, landing first in St.Vincent, then heading to Jamaica.
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