book and media reviews 287 myriad challenges they have faced. British sailing ship, the hms Bounty, Because these issues are the realities of which had been commanded by Salesa, his family, and his community, Captain William Bligh and whose this book is veridical and powerful. It mission was supported by botanist challenges readers to acknowledge and Sir Joseph Banks, a founding member embrace the Pacific futures of New of the Royal Society who had traveled Zealand and take action to provide a to Tahiti with Captain Cook. The ship fair chance for everyone in the coun- had sailed to Tahiti with the purpose try. However, addressing the strong of collecting and distributing bread- tensions between the Indigenous fruit throughout other tropical British Māori and settler Pacific communities territories, such as the West Indies. in Auckland, or the racial disharmony Breadfruit was particularly valued by within Pacific communities, would British plantation owners who saw it have made this study even more as a potentially cheap food source for provocative. their enslaved workers. Overall, Island Time is an insight- In April of 1789, twenty-five ful and well-researched book that sailors, led by Fletcher Christian, contributes to the understudied issues took hold of the Bounty while
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