|Early in the morning about 30 nautical miles (56 km) south of the island of Tofua, Tonga, Fletcher Christian and 25 petty officers and seamen mutiny, taking control of the HMS BOUNTY.
|Mutiny on the HMS Bounty
Archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean, about two-thirds of the way from Hawaii to New Zealand - The World Factbook
Tonga - unique among Pacific nations - never completely lost its indigenous governance. The archipelagos of "The Friendly Islands" were united into a Polynesian kingdom in 1845. Tonga became a constitutional monarchy in 1875 and a British protectorate in 1900; it withdrew from the protectorate and joined the Commonwealth of Nations in 1970. Tonga remains the only monarchy in the Pacific. - The World Factbook
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