Half informative, half entertaining, this series offers a lively interpretation of the roughly 12-year reign of piracy throughout the Caribbean islands following the War of Spanish Succession. From the plundering and stealing of ships carrying gold, jewels, and slaves to the creation of a Pirate Republic in the Bahamian village of Nassau, it reveals how postwar politics and economics, the slave trade, and natural phenomena all combined to play a role in the massive increase in piracy in the region at that time. Adding to this are humorous, and often ruthlessly violent, actor performances that create a theatrical picture of what the pirates' lives and deaths would have been like.
Many of the pirates featured here are recognizable thanks to centuries of pirate folklore and media renditions of this era. However, The Lost Pirate Kingdom focuses only on the end of the Golden Age of Piracy, which spanned from the 1650s through the 1730s. In doing so, it leaves out some of history's greatest, but less talked about, pirate activities, including the Anglo-French Buccaneers, and the members of what is known as "The Pirate Round," when pirates sailed around the world attacking ships traveling to and from what is now the Middle and Far East. Nonetheless, what stories it does tell are captivating, and worth tuning into.