The history of Adamstown is connected with the mutiny on the ship Bounty



Mutineers led by John Adams were landed on these islands in 1790, from whom the rebel settlement was named. Most of the English sailor-colonists were killed by Tahitian servants during the rebellion. The rebellion was put down, the Tahitians exterminated, and John Adams became the first head of the colony. The present population of the island is composed of descendants of English sailors and Tahitian women. Some people migrated to Norfolk in the 19th century, where a large proportion are also descendants of the Bounty mutineers.

Despite its isolation and remoteness, Adams Town has a church, television, telephone, and Internet access. The inhabitants of the settlement are mostly engaged in agriculture.