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Containing an Account of Otaheite, and of some
Productions of that Island.
PRINTED BY T, COURTNEY, 18, WHITEPRIAR-STREET.
Price bound in Sheep Eight-pence, and in Grain Six-peuce.
DANGEROUS VOYAGE, &c.
FORMER navigators having discovered a prolific and salutary vegetable in the South-Sea Islands, which was used by the natives instead of bread, it occurred to the merchants and others interested in our West India possessions, that the introduction of it on their property would be extremely beneficial. The nature of the climate and the strength of the plant seemed to promise luxuriant fruit; and, from various observations made in different voyages, there appeared to be little doubt, that its cultivation in the West Indies would be attended with success.
A representation to this effect being presented by the merchants and planters to his Majesty, he was pleased to order a vessel to be fitted out and equipped for that specific service. The Bounty armed transport of 215 tons, commanded by Lieutenant Bligh, was put in comunission, and sailed from Spithead on the 23d of December, 1787. She carried four 4-pounders and ten swivels, and was manned by a ship's company