Globe Trekker

Season 1 Episode 40

Pirates, Galleons and Treasure Special

Aired Unknown Jan 01, 2009 on PBS
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Pirates, Galleons and Treasure Special
In this Globe Trekker history special, presenter Megan McCormick travels to Colombia, Panama, Florida and the Bahamas, to learn about the galleons, treasure, and pirates of the Carribbean. She follows the route of the Spanish galleons attempting to bring gold back from the New World in the 17th Century, and in the process reveals the stories and legends around the golden age of piracy and the treasure these pirates desperately sought.Starting in Panama and Colombia, she visits the gold museum in Bogota, Colombia, full of gold from the Americas. She then explores the mule trail which follows the route the Spanish took to transport gold from Peru to Panama city and from there to Portobelo. Following a tour of the forts the Spanish built in Cartagena to protect this stolen gold, she takes a boat out to sea to look for the place where Sir Francis Drake died.Then its on to Port Royal in Jamaica where she meets some interesting characters that talk about the life of pirates such as Captain Morgan and female pirates such as Mary Reid and Anne Bonny, before sampling some typical pirate food and drink - boucan and rum.In the Bahamas we learn about one of the most famous pirates of all, Blackbeard, before heading to Florida for a fantastic dive. Megan scuba dives off the coast of the Florida keys to see the last remains of these famous Spanish galleon wrecks.moreless

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