- Pitcairn Island is an island in the Pacific Ocean more than 3,000 miles away from any continent.
- It has a population of just 50 people.
- The island’s main industry is tourism and most residents live to the age of 90.
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The least populated territory in the world is in the middle of the Pacific Ocean — more than 3,000 miles from any continent.
As of 2019, only 50 people call the Pitcairn Islands and their stunning rocky cliffs home.
Back in 1789, British sailors in the Pacific mutinied on the HMS Bounty and settled on Tahiti and Pitcairn Island. While the mutineers on Tahiti were later arrested by the British, those on Pitcairn were able to start a community with Tahitian companions. In 1838, the Pitcairn Islands officially became a British territory, and today all of its residents are descendants of those original mutineers.
Sailor and photographer Tony Probst has visited Pitcairn four times since 2011, and natives have dubbed him the island’s ambassador. Here are some of his favorite pictures of life on Pitcairn.
The British Pitcairn Islands include four small volcanic islands in the South Pacific.
Tony Probst, Google Maps
Only Pitcairn is inhabited, with 50 residents.
The island is not much larger than Manhattan’s Central Park.
Much of Pitcairn’s terrain is rocky.
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