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Throwback Thursday: True Caribbean Pirates (2006)

When it comes to certain era and personalities in history, there are two facets of the story: the myths that persist generations and centuries after they lived and the reality that is not always Hollywood-ized or convenient.

The 2006 History Channel documentary, True Caribbean Pirates, is the story of four legendary 18th century Caribbean pirates. Henry Morgan, Blackbeard, Anne Bonny (and Calico Jack Rackham and Mary Read by extension), and Black Bart Roberts. Interviewing historians, writers, and presenting filmed depictions, these elusive characters are presented in full color to a modern audience. It presents not just the expected imagery of the lives we expected them to live, but the pitfalls as well.

This is one of my favorite documentaries. It is entertaining, educational, and a window into a world that these days is seen to be more romantic and heroic than it actually was.

Do I recommend it? Yes.

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The Lost Pirate Kingdom Review

When we think of pirates, we think of swashbuckling men on the high seas in the 18th century, fighting for a live of freedom against tyranny. As romantic as the story is, it is a myth.

The Lost Pirate Kingdom, recently premiered on Netflix. Narrated by Derek Jacobi, it combining interviews with historians/experts and re-enactments, this six part series tells the story of the short years in which pirates ruled the Caribbean in the early 18th century. Using well known names such as Blackbeard, Benjamin Hornigold, Anne Bonny, Charles Vane, and Samuel Bellamy, the viewer sees this world as it was, not as the legends tells us it was.

I appreciated that I was both entertained and educated. I knew that democracy existed within this society, long before the American Revolution. What I was surprised to learn is that the captains of these ships captured slave ships and offered freedom to the Africans who were being taken to the Americas to be sold as chattel. That being said, it started to lose steam after the 3rd episode. I finished all six episodes, but to be frank, I was glad when the credits rolled for the final time.

Do I recommend it? Maybe.

The Lost Pirate Kingdom is available for streaming on Netflix.

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