When we began to research bicycle trails and the history surrounding them, we did not expect to find pirates. It may sound strange, but we actually found evidence of pirates almost everywhere we looked. Our series began with the colonial period and the life of George Washington. Along the waterways of Virginia, we found pirates. We went south along the Atlantic coast and found pirates. We went to the Caribbean and found pirates. We went to the Pacific coast and found pirates. We went to New England and found pirates. No matter where we went to find famous landmarks of history, we still found more pirates.
Other historians might dismiss the roles that pirates played in history, but we cannot. Bicycling Through History may not seem like the best way to discover the adventures that took place at sea, but eventually the pirates had to make landfall. When they did, they left myths, legends, landmarks and treasures that are an integral part of culture in America.
People now cheer for sports teams named after pirates. Schools, shopping centers and neighborhoods are named for pirates. Hollywood movies have been created about pirates. And yet - There are still real bad pirates in the world TODAY ! - They will not be found in coastal waters off New York or Los Angeles, but they do exist in more remote places around the world. The waters off South America, the coast of Africa and the western Pacific are known for modern day, real-life, wicked, thieving, nasty pirates.
Understanding Pirate History can be Important.
There were pirates long before the time of Christopher Columbus and pirates still exist today. Pirates are a real threat on the the high seas even TODAY!
By delving into their background and following their travels, we hope to shed some light on the subject and demonstrate how people can remain captivated by the mysterious, romantic nature of the unusual characters known as pirates.
Definition of Piracy:
Robbery of ships on the high seas
In modern times, it can also mean unauthorized use of copyrighted or patented work
The best way to avoid pirates is to find a safe harbor. Some ships (and people) just stay in one place. They avoid danger. Others take their chances and venture out.
DVDs provide a way to experience the spirit of adventure from the comfort of your own home.
The DVD #7 about pirates is the most popular in our series. There is more travel involved and more scenic locales than our other DVDs. The locations are real. The cycling is varied and the stories are real.
How about some scuba diving for sunken treasure ?
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Columbus - featuring a ship like the one he sailed to the new world.