The Story of the Court-Martial of the Bounty Mutineers

10 Pages Posted: 20 Oct 2007  

Douglas Linder

University of Missouri at Kansas City - School of Law

Date Written: 2007

Abstract

The true story of the 1789 mutiny on the Bounty is far more complicated than suggested by film versions of the event, which have emphasized the gratuitous cruelty of the ship's captain, William Bligh. The psychological drama that played out in the South Seas starring Bligh, the efficient disciplinarian, and his mate, the sensitive and proud Fletcher Christian, led to, among other things: one of the most amazing navigational feats in maritime history, the founding of a British settlement that continues to exist today, and a court-martial in England that answered the question of which of ten captured mutineers should live - and which should die - for their actions.

Keywords: Famous Trials, Trial, Mutiny, Mutineers, Bounty, Bligh, Fletcher Christian, Court Martial, British Navy, Tahiti, James Cook

JEL Classification: K10, K40, K41, K42

Suggested Citation

Linder, Douglas, The Story of the Court-Martial of the Bounty Mutineers (2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1021329 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1021329

Douglas Linder (Contact Author)

University of Missouri at Kansas City - School of Law ( email )

5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499
United States

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