Okay, it’s 18.1 square miles (3 square miles smaller than the City of Albany). It has a population of 66 (yes 66 people). What is it? It’s not a village, not a town, not a city or even a county. It’s not a state either. It’s actually a nation. According to the United Nations the Pitcairn Islands is the smallest nation in the world by size or by population. Yet the Pitcairn Islands still has a tennis court. Granted, it isn’t Schuyler Meadows, but it’s still a tennis court. Even the smallest nation on earth has a tennis court and you can find a picture of it on Flickr (see below).
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Additional facts about Pitcairn Islands from Wikipedia
The original settlers of the Pitcairn Islands were Polynesians who appear to have lived on Pitcairn and Henderson for several centuries. Although archaeologists believe that Polynesians were living on Pitcairn as late as the 15th century, the islands were uninhabited when they were discovered by Europeans.
Pitcairn is famous for one thing – Mutiny on the Bounty. In 1790, nine of the mutineers from the Bounty and Tahitian companions (six men, 11 women and a baby) — some of whom may have been kidnapped from Tahiti — settled on Pitcairn Island and set fire to the Bounty. The wreck is still visible underwater in Bounty Bay, discovered in 1957 by National Geographic explorer Luis Marden. Although the settlers were able to survive by farming and fishing, the initial period of settlement was marked by serious tensions among them. Alcoholism, murder, disease and other ills took the lives of most mutineers and Tahitian men. John Adams and Ned Young turned to the scriptures using the ship’s Bible as their guide for a new and peaceful society. Young eventually died of an asthmatic infection. The Pitcairners also converted to Christianity; later they converted from their existing form of Christianity to Seventh-day Adventism after a successful Adventist mission in the 1890s. After the rediscovery of Pitcairn, John Adams was granted amnesty for his mutiny.
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