Pirates of the Carolinas

Pirates of the Carolinas digs up the true tales of treachery and villainy that occurred off the coasts of North and South Carolina during the Golden Age of Piracy. The program features the exploits of real sea bandits who roamed the streets of Charleston in the 18th century, including Blackbeard, Stede Bonnet, "Calico" Jack Rackham, and even female pirates such as Mary Read and Charleston's own Anne Bonny. Of course, Blackbeard looms large in this production, just as he did about 300 years ago, when he made the coastal harbors along the Carolinas his personal playground. 

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Pirates of the Carolinas, Part 1 - History
Pirates of the Carolinas, Part 1 - History

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The adventures and exploits of pirates and buccaneers have long captured our imaginations. These sea bandits roved the ocean lanes in all parts of the world, from the waters off Africa and Europe and...
Pirates of the Carolinas, Part 2 - Rules
Pirates of the Carolinas, Part 2 - Rules

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Pirates had a strict list of articles, or laws, that had to be signed by each member of the crew before a voyage began. Those rules governed who would get how much of whatever treasure was captured...
Pirates of the Carolinas, Part 3 - Blackbeard
Pirates of the Carolinas, Part 3 - Blackbeard

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Blackbeard was one of the most infamous pirates. It's thought that his real name was Edward Teach, and he is believed to have been from Bristol, England. A very tall man for the time period, in a time...
Pirates of the Carolinas, Part 4 - Stede Bonnet
Pirates of the Carolinas, Part 4 - Stede Bonnet

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Stede Bonnett is a wealthy and well-respected sugar plantation owner from the tiny West Indian island of Barbados. He used his own resources to outfit a sloop he christened "Revenge." With ten guns...
Pirates of the Carolinas, Part 5 - Female Pirates
Pirates of the Carolinas, Part 5 - Female Pirates

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Although males, young and old, comprised the great majority of pirates, some women seeking the same adventure and plunder disguised themselves as males and also signed aboard pirate vessels. Anne...
Pirates of the Carolinas, Part 7 - Golden Age Ends
Pirates of the Carolinas, Part 7 - Golden Age Ends

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DISCLAIMER: This one has a lot of visual images of hangings and decapitation. Stede Bonnet had sought and received a pardon from Governor Eden at Bathtown, North Carolina, and a privateering letter of...