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Win 'True Caribbean Pirates' History Channel Swag!

They were the scourge of nations, the most infamous cutthroats of their day... TRUE CARIBBEAN PIRATES on The History Channel®, Sunday, July 9th, 2006 at 8pm/7c.

Until the recent attack on a cruise ship off the coast of Somalia, pirates terrorizing the high seas have been mostly the stuff of legend and Hollywood fantasy. But piracy, particularly in the Caribbean, was at one time a very real and dangerous problem. Men with names such as Blackbeard, Calico Jack, and Black Bart pillaged and plundered ships and seaport towns, offering violent retribution to those who resisted and seizing fortunes at will.

Viewers get to know the real characters, fight the battles they fought, watch nations rise up to stop them, and separate fact from fiction in the world premiere TRUE CARIBBEAN PIRATES on Sunday, July 9th, 2006 at 8pm/7c on The History Channel.

After Christopher Columbus landed in the West Indies in 1492, Spain and its powerful navy established a dominating presence in the region. Vast riches in gold and silver were mined in the New World—wealth that soon drew the attention of England, France, and Holland. The Caribbean would become a free-for-all as these competing nations advocated “privateering,” basically the use of freelancing private sailors to fight battles, disrupt trade, and harass the Spanish—all in an effort to establish a presence in the Caribbean without having to pay for a real navy there.

The temptation of Spanish treasure stretched the thin line between privateer and pirate to a breaking point. One of the most famous privateers to cross into piracy is Sir Henry Morgan. Tapped by the British Governor of Jamaica to command more than 1,500 buccaneers, he responded by becoming one of the first true great pirates, leading daring attacks and conquests of Spanish colonies at Portobello and Panama and gaining a reputation for brutal acts such as hanging men by their genitals to get them to give up their possessions.

The cycle of privateers and quasi-legal pirates continued for decades, until an extraordinary event changed everything in the Caribbean. Peace. Suddenly, tens of thousands of privateers and sailors were out of a job, and thus began the age of the outlaw pirates. TRUE CARIBBEAN PIRATES follows the lineage of maritime crime from Morgan to Calico Jack, and even on to female pirates such as Anne Bonny and Mary Read, who were far more sensational, and every bit as dangerous, as their male counterparts.

Using the historians’ input, dramatization, animation, expert interviews, and archival imagery, and filmed in historic locations, TRUE CARIBBEAN PIRATES is the true story of piracy's Golden Age.

So, if you would like to win some TRUE CARIBBEAN PIRATES History Channel swag, such as beach chairs, lunch cooler bags, hats, limited edition t-shirts, key chain lights, and a History Channel DVD, just answer this easy question: The Director of the first two 'Pirates of the Caribbean' movies, Gore Verbinski also directed which other horror tale that involved a TV and some chick seen constantly brushing her hair?!

Send us your answers and if you're correct you'll be in the running to win some of this TRUE CARIBBEAN PIRATES History Channel swag! Just send us an e:mail here before August 15th with your answer and the subject title 'TRUE CARIBBEAN PIRATES' SWAG to: