True Caribbean Pirates
Sunday, July 9th, 2006 at
Only on the History Channel
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NEW YORK,—Until the recent attack on a cruise ship off the
coast of Somalia, pirates terrorizing the high seas have been mostly
the stuff of legend and Hollywood fantasy. But piracy, particularly
in the Caribbean, was at one time a very real and dangerous problem.
Men with names such as Blackbeard, Calico Jack, and Black Bart pillaged
and plundered ships and seaport towns, offering violent retribution
to those who resisted and seizing fortunes at will. Viewers get
to know the real characters, fight the battles they fought, watch
nations rise up to stop them, and separate fact from fiction in
the world premiere TRUE CARIBBEAN PIRATES on Sunday, July 9th, 2006
at 8pm/7c on The History Channel.
After Christopher Columbus landed in the West Indies in 1492, Spain
and its powerful navy established a dominating presence in the region.
Vast riches in gold and silver were mined in the New World—wealth
that soon drew the attention of England, France, and Holland. The
Caribbean would become a free-for-all as these competing nations
advocated “privateering,” basically the use of freelancing
private sailors to fight battles, disrupt trade, and harass the
Spanish—all in an effort to establish a presence in the Caribbean
without having to pay for a real navy there.
The temptation of Spanish treasure stretched the thin line between
privateer and pirate to a breaking point. One of the most famous
privateers to cross into piracy is Sir Henry Morgan. Tapped by the
British Governor of Jamaica to command more than 1,500 buccaneers,
he responded by becoming one of the first true great pirates, leading
daring attacks and conquests of Spanish colonies at Portobello and
Panama and gaining a reputation for brutal acts such as hanging
men by their genitals to get them to give up their possessions.
The cycle of privateers and quasi-legal pirates continued for decades,
until an extraordinary event changed everything in the Caribbean.
Peace. Suddenly, tens of thousands of privateers and sailors were
out of a job, and thus began the age of the outlaw pirates. TRUE
CARIBBEAN PIRATES follows the lineage of maritime crime from
Morgan to Calico Jack, and even on to female pirates such as Anne
Bonny and Mary Read, who were far more sensational, and every bit
as dangerous, as their male counterparts.
Using the historians’ input, dramatization, animation, expert
interviews, and archival imagery, and filmed in historic locations,
TRUE CARIBBEAN PIRATES
is the true story of piracy's Golden Age.
Highlights of TRUE CARIBBEAN
- Tale after tale of pirate lore that brings
to life their unique reality—a brazen flouting of almost
every societal rule, disrespect for governmental authority, and
unmatched thirst for adventure and brutality, all motivated by
a true desire to be free and live their way, and only their way.
- Understanding the pirates’ true
motives and methodology for plying their trade, and dispelling
time-honored myths such as those of treasure maps and buried booty.
- The pirates’ unique ability to
intimidate their targets into surrender, practiced uniquely by
Blackbeard, who would tuck burning lengths of rope (called “slow
match”) beneath his hat to create a cloud of smoke that
observers swear made him look like Satan himself.
- Blackbeard’s blockade and hostage
crisis at Charlestowne, South Carolina, which sent ripples of
pirate fear through the colonies and helped to galvanize support
to take the pirates down, once and for all.
- The establishment of all-pirate playground
at Nassau, Bahamas, the city which became the home to seafaring
outlaws after they’d been cast out of other areas.
- The emergence of the unique and legendary
Black Bart Roberts, the last of the great pirates and an anomaly
in his own world… refusing to drink alcohol and conducting
religious services aboard his vessel, and then hanging an Island
Governor from the yardarm of his own ship.
- The brutal exploits of female pirates
Anne Bonny and Mary Read, and their promiscuous liaisons aboard
the ship captained by Calico Jack Rackham.
Executive Producer for The History Channel is Carl
H. Lindahl. TRUE CARIBBEAN
PIRATES is produced for The History Channel by GRB Entertainment.
Executive Producer for GRB Entertainment is Gary
R. Benz. Writer, producer and director is Tim
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