Bicycling Through History 18th Century Pirates
Pirates provide a wonderful way to learn about history. Although actual facts are often clouded in myth and legend, there is no doubt that pirates were very influential forces in shaping early America. Pirates did not remain at sea forever. When they came ashore, they frequently had plunder from other ships. They could sell it or trade it, but the notion of hiding treasure is what makes for great storytelling. Searching for buried treasure can also be an interesting way to learn about geography.
Pirates were able to travel far and wide at a time when most people rarely had the opportunity to go more than 50 miles. Music was important aboard ships for synchronizing the work, and the crew would bring with them songs of their native lands. Sharing incredible danger, foul weather and often miserable conditions aboard old sailing ships created a bond among pirates known as the " brotherhood of the sea".
The DVD searches for the truth about pirates. Even in the eighteenth century, stories about pirates were exaggerated or embellished. Careful research and visits to specific locations remaining today offer the best way to understand those desperate individuals who sailed off the coasts of America. Learn about Captain Merrick, Gasparilla and the most famous pirate, Blackbeard, while discovering bicycle trails that wind their way through the very same areas visited by these and other notorious buccaneers. You might be surprised where this video will take you.
New England - Caribbean-Gulf Coast - California - West Indies - Dry Tortugas