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William Bligh
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Born in Plymouth, Devon
Born on 9th of September 1754
Died in London

1754 - 1817. Naval Officer and Captain of the Bounty


Went to sea at age 15. 1787 chosen by Joseph Banks to command Bounty on a voyage to Tahiti to collect breadfruit tree and introduce to West Indies. On return voyage Fletcher Christian led mutiny and he and 18 men were cast adrift. Travelled 4,000 miles and reached East Timor. Served under Admiral Nelson, Governor of New South Wales. Promoted to Admiral on retirement in 1811.

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