Tafua, Tavua: Volcanic placenames in the South Pacific
William Bligh visited Tonga, in western Polynesia, while serving under Cook on his third and last voyage, and in 1789 he
returned to Tonga in search of water and provisions for his ship, HMS Bounty, which had been commissioned to
breadfruit from Tahiti to the West Indies. Thirty miles to the southwest of the volcanic island of Tofua, which was
belching forth great columns of smoke and flame at the time, the famous mutiny led by Fletcher Christian took place.