Relive the terror of spotting a skull-and-crossbones flag with this fascinating look at the treacherous pirate ships that haunted the high seas in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. Sneaky, speedy and deathly dangerous, these vessels ruined the careers and lives of many law-abiding sailors. The renegades who manned them lived outside the law, thriving on the adventure and rebellion of the pirate lifestyle.
Long ago scores of real pirates plied their brutal trade in the temperate waters of the Caribbean Ocean. In the 1600s and 1700s, Captain Henry Morgan, Blackbeard, Calico Jack Rackham, Ann Bonny, Mary Read, and Black Bart were among the infamous pirates whose crews lied in wait to violently raid the merchant ships of various nations. The true stories of who they were, how they operated, and their various successes and failures in this dark and deadly profession, going far beyond popular legend.
Present day Iraq is the home to the bulk of the civilizations that made up ancient Mesopotamia. We next move to Babylonia, whose capital was Babylon. The site was excavated in the 1800s and was yet another confirmation of Biblical Archeology. The ties here have to do with the "babylonian captivity" of the Israelites by Nebuchadnezzer. The film then moves on the to the discovery of the Assyrians ancient capital of Ninevah. Recent excavation and physical analysis of the bones found in an ancient Sumerian cemetary reveal clues to the ancient environment, and how rich it was.
The Battle of Little Big Horn, known as ''Custer's Last Stand,'' has been one of the most frequently depicted moments in American history—and one of the least understood, still shrouded in myth. The battle that ensued left no white survivors and also left two very different accounts of Little Big Horn.
Sitting Bull was a Hunkpapa Lakota Sioux holy man who led his people as a tribal chief during years of resistance to United States government policies. Born near the Grand River in Dakota Territory, he was killed by Indian agency police on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation during an attempt to arrest him and prevent him from supporting the Ghost Dance movement. Sitting Bull was buried at Fort Yates in North Dakota, and in 1953 his remains were moved to Mobridge, South Dakota.
Around 1,200 BC, an ancient Armageddon destroyed nearly every known civilization. What could have caused it? The theories are many, but most now include one mysterious and massively destructive factor, a force only the Egyptians survived to name, The Sea People. Who were these warriors and how could they take down the world’s greatest powers in a span of just 50 years? Scale the dizzying heights of Crete’s mountain fortress with archaeologist Krzysztof Nowicki as he searches for clues.