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Fletcher Christian

Mutineer Fletcher Christian

Profession: Mutineer

Nationality:
England
English

Why Famous: Christian was a master's mate aboard the HMS Bounty on its voyage to Tahiti under Lieutenant William Bligh, which set out in 1787.

In a famous mutiny, Christian seized command of the ship from Bligh on the April 28, 1789. While some of the mutineers remained in Tahiti, Christian and several others—along with some Tahitian men and women—settled on Pitcairn Island.

There him and the mutineers settled, and today most those of the Pitcairn and Norfolk islanders bearing his name are descendants of him and his Tahitian wife.

Born: September 25, 1764
Birthplace: Moorland Close, Eaglesfield, Cumberland, England, Great Britain
Star Sign: Libra

Died: April 21, 1821 (aged 56)
Cause of Death: John Adams, the last surviving mutineer claimed Christian was murdered during a conflict between the Tahitian men and the mutineers; meanwhile an admittedly unlikely story claimed that he left Pitcairn and returned to England.

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