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Gambling in the Pitcairn Islands

Pitcairn Islander Betting Laws

By Reno Rollins

At one time, laws prohibited alcohol, tobacco, dancing and public displays of affection on the Pitcairn Islands. These laws have been relaxed in recent years, but it is unknown whether or not gambling is technically legal.

However, since Pitcairn Island only has 50 citizens, there are simply not enough people to support any form of organized gambling.

Facts About the Pitcairn Islands

The Pitcairn Islands consist of the islands of Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno. Located in the Pacific Ocean, these islands are the last remaining British overseas territory in the Pacific. Although it is not a sovereign nation, it is the least populated jurisdiction in the world.

Pitcairn Island, the second largest of the islands, is the only one which is inhabited. It can only be accessed by taking a boat through Bounty Bay. To reach Pitcairn, one must fly to Tahiti, then Mangareva, then take a 30-hour boat ride.

Pitcairn Island is best known as the home of the descendants of the Bounty mutineers and their Tahitian companions. Many of the islandís residents still proudly bear the surnames of men like Fletcher Christian.

Pitcairn Island was discovered in 1767 by the British ship, HMS Swallow. It was named after Robert Pitcairn, the first crewman to spot the island.

In 1790, the mutineers of the Bounty landed on Pitcairn Island and set fire to their ship. The wreckage can still be found beneath Bounty Bay.

In 1838, the island became a British colony. It was among the first territories to extend voting rights to women.

The population of the island reached its peak in 1937 (with 233 residents). Since that time, many residents have left the island for New Zealand.

The major sources of revenue for Pitcairn Island are the sale of honey, handicrafts and postage stamps.

Residents of the island speak both English and Pitkern, a creole language combining English and Tahitian dialects.

In 2003, the first baby was born on the island in 17 years. Another child was born on the island in 2007.

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