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Mutiny and AftermathJames Morrison's Account of the Mutiny on the Bounty and the Island of Tahiti$
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Vanessa Smith and Nicholas Thomas

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824836764

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824836764.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Mutiny and Aftermath
Vanessa Smith, Nicholas Thomas, Maia Nuku
University of Hawai'i Press

This introductory chapter describes the account of James Morrison in the story of the Bounty. Morrison had entered the British Navy in 1779, aged eighteen, and signed on as boatswain's mate of the ship, Bounty, on September 9, 1787. The story of Morrison is not only an eyewitness story of the events of the mutiny and life on Tahiti; it is also regarded as having played a direct role in the outcome of the court martial as it took the form of a “Paper Writing to the Court.” The story was written in 1792, as its author awaited trial and then as he recuperated after receiving the king's pardon.

Keywords:   James Morrison, Bounty, British Navy, Paper Writing, mutiny, Tahiti

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