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Historic Charleston is rife with PIRATES

hunter & pirate tour guideWe killed 2 birds with one stone and everyone was happy (fabulous parenting moment for me!). We went on the Charleston Walking Pirate Tour and learned about the cities sordid pirate past as well as got to see and experience much of the historic architect. We managed to do a 2 hour walking tour with no complaints about the walking part… The pirate part was really interesting for all of us, with Hunter being more interested in the shooting, jailing, plundering etc., and it fit in very well with all of our American History work.

tim hunter powder museumThe walking tour starts out at the Powder Magazine, Charleston’s oldest public building. It was built in 1713 and used as an arsenal from 1713 to 1748 to defend the colony from the Spanish, French, pirates, slave rebellions and native attacks. It provides you with a great visual overview of the City of Charleston and the founding history.

Historic Charleston has stood for a century as the cultural capital of the south. It was, and still is, an economic centre. It was founded in 1670 and was subject to periodic attacks from French, Spanish and plenty of Pirates. The heart of the city was fortified in 1704, however most of the walls were removed during the 1720’s.

Through our walk we learned all about a number of Pirates, their role in the history of Charleston, the difference between pirates and privateers, the story behind the pirates being offered pardon’s by the British Colonial Government and lots of other juicy tidbits. We also touched lightly on the slave trade. As a compromise between the North and the South, the sale of slaves on the street was made illegal in the 1850’s. This caused the creation of the Old Slave Mart in 1856, where slave auctions were held until the end of the Civil War in 1865.

slave martWe had a bit of a rush between the end of our Pirate tour and the afternoon tour we had arranged. As we walked to our afternoon stop, we took a quick detour to check out the downtown Charleston Fire Station.

Plunder & Pillage with Pirates in St. Augustine

hunter pirate museum st augustineThe St. Augustine Pirate Museum was a great place to spend a rainy morning. It is a small yet highly interactive and highly engaging museum that suits both kids and adults.

hunter lee stockades

Hunter is a major pirate fan and was bouncing from here to there and back through the whole thing. They give the kids a treasure map to fill out which helps keep them focused and extends the learning.

hunter driving pirate ship

As always, the big hits were the weapons, with Hunter lecturing both Tim and I on what all the different styles and types of weapons were and who used what when. They have an interactive cannon loader that comes with a large “BOOM” sound that makes everyone happy!

hunter lighting cannon pirate museumAt the end of the museum, you move from “FACT” to “FANTASY” and they show movie memorabilia from pirate movies over the years…

hunter jack sparrow photo

hunter captain hook photo

 

St. Augustine – North America’s oldest city

tim hunter ponce de leonSt. Augustine was founded in 1565 and has the title of the oldest city in North America. It is a fairly small city (population approx 30,000) and it is packed with historic buildings and sights.

We had originally planned to stay a week and spend our days surfing and sightseeing. A cold front blew in with very cool temps, high winds and rains so we dropped the surfing idea and packed in 2 very full days of sightseeing!

Over the two days we checked out the Visitors Centre, the Pirate Museum, the Government House, the Castillo de San Marcos, the Colonial Quarters and wandered around the old historic town checking out buildings and seeing the sights.

On Friday night we checked out the Light up the Nights display (on National Geographic’s Top 10 light display list), caught an outdoor magic show at the Colonial Quarters and wandered historic St. George Street checking out the cool shops and comparing weapons with other fellow pirates…

hunter pirate st. augustine

hunter weapons shop st augustineWe also had fun experiencing different foods while here – we tried fried alligator, fried green tomatoes and chocolate covered bacon. Fried Alligator was a hit – almost like a white fish, definitely not like chicken. Fried Green tomatoes were “OK” – I had higher hopes for them. Chocolate covered bacon was a thumbs down, which was a surprise based on it combining 2 favourite things…

chocolate bacon