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Pirates and Privateers (1 x 30)

Hundreds of years ago, the secluded coves and inlets of the Maritimes were the perfect hiding places for pirates avoiding detection by the King’s navy. Pirates and Privateers introduces the viewer to several notorious pirates who plundered Atlantic Canada during the 1700’s and tells a story that recalls the blunderbuss, the cutlass, evil deeds, and supposed buried treasure.

Not many Canadians know what is meant by the word “privateer”, even though privateering was a significant social and financial force in times of war, whether against the Spanish, the French, or the Americans during the War of 1812. Pirates and Privateers explains how the business of privateering worked, as practiced in one of Canada’s most successful privateering centres: Liverpool Nova Scotia.