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A volcanic island of the southern Pacific Ocean east-southeast of Tahiti. Discovered by a British navigator in 1767, it was settled in 1790 by mutineers from H.M.S. Bounty and has been administered by the British since 1839. Descendants of the original settlers still live on the island.