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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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Return to Tahiti

Return to Tahiti

(p.88) 3 Return to Tahiti
Mutiny and Aftermath
Vanessa Smith, Nicholas Thomas, Maia Nuku
University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter recounts the crew's return to Tahiti. As soon as the Bounty was anchored, most of the crew members wanted to land their chests, hammocks, and other belongings. However, having only one boat that could swim through the high sea surfs, they decided instead to disembark at night. After alighting the ship, they found the Tahitians ready to receive them “with every mark of friendship and hospitality.” Morrison described the natives as people “striving to outdo each other in civility towards [them],” when they welcomed them with open arms. The remainder of the chapter narrated the crew's interaction with the natives during their stay.

Keywords:   James Morrison, Tahiti, crew members, Tahitians, natives

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