They are cast adrift of the HMS Bounty by Fletcher Christian, the main brain behind the mutiny against the captain and some of his most loyal followers.
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In fact, the French Revolution has been likened to the circumstances surrounding the Bounty. Captain Bligh is said to represent the embodiment of what is seen as lawfulness, order, duty, respect. All things that could be considered of the French monarch at the time.
In contrast, Christian represents the fury, outrage, insult and illegality also associated with the people of France rebelling against their leader.
Bligh's account of the mutiny against him the following year made the British rulers very anxious, worried that the revolutions may creep across the Channel.
Fletcher Christian and his band of mutineers never returned to England, living out there days instead on the Pacific Islands where they'd abandoned Bligh.
Through perseverance and determination Bligh managed to survive his ordeal, as did most of his men, and return to England to give account for himself and those that had betrayed him.
He was cleared of any charges and went on with his life at sea.
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