The Human Truth Foundation

Pitcairn Islands

By Vexen Crabtree 2013


Comments:
FB, LJ

Pitcairn Islands
StatusDependency (Overseas Territory)
SovereigntyUK
CapitalAdamstown
Land Area
LocationAustralasia, Polynesia
GroupingsSmall Islands
Population
GNI
ISO3166-1 CodesPN, PCN, 6121
Internet Domain.pn2
CurrencyDollar (NZD)3
Telephone+4

1. Overview

Pitcairn Island was discovered in 1767 by the British and settled in 1790 by the Bounty mutineers and their Tahitian companions. Pitcairn was the first Pacific island to become a British colony (in 1838) and today remains the last vestige of that empire in the South Pacific. Outmigration, primarily to New Zealand, has thinned the population from a peak of 233 in 1937 to less than 50 today.

CIA's The World Factbook (2013)5

Book CoverAs the smallest territory in the world and one of the most remote destinations on earth, Pitcairn Island feels both claustrophobic and wildly exhilarating. What´s rarely mentioned about Pitcairn Island, between the infamous Bounty story and the 2004 sexual assault trials gossip, is that it´s a place of incredible natural beauty. As the smallest territory in the world and one of the most remote destinations on earth, Pitcairn Island feels both claustrophobic and wildly exhilarating. The island´s 4.5 sq km surface is almost entirely sloped and has landscapes that vary from desolate rock cliffs to lush tropical hillsides.

Yet it´s the 65 or so residents, descended from the Bounty mutineers, who make the place famous. If you can find a way to get here, spend time hiking and meeting the locals, you´ll quickly understand why these Anglo-Polynesians are proud to call Pitcairn home and preserve their unique heritage.The archipelago also consists of two atolls plus Henderson Island - a raised coral island with a virtually untouched environment and endemic birdlife.

"The World" by Lonely Planet (2014)6

As a territory of the UK I do not have many specific statistics for this territory in its own right.

2. Religion and Beliefs

The CIA World Factbook has slightly different data, and states simply: Seventh-Day Adventist 100%7.

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There isn't much information in the database for Pitcairn Islands, most likely because it is either a part of another country (i.e., a territory or posession) and therefore most international statistics are counted for the country as a whole, or, this is such an exotic place that little data exists about it.