On July 1789, Mr Christian FLETCHER and the mutiners of the HMS Bounty, had built a fort on this island.. Unfortunately they had to left the island on September.. If you are interested to know why and by this amazing part of the British Navy History, I recommend to read James Morrison - journal on HMS Bounty and at Tahiti, 1787-1791, written in 1792.
Fort George Monument
Journal extract :
"On the 18th (of July 1789) we went on Shore where we were met by the Chief and some of the friends who presented Mr. Christian with two young Plantain trees, and two roots of Yava by way of a Peace Offering, & the Ground being Measured out for the Fort possession was taken by turning a Turf and hoisting the Union Jack on a Staff in the Place. On this occasion an extra Allowance of Grog was drank and the Place Calld Fort George, and finding the Place overrun with rats several Cats were brought on shore and let loose among them."