Pirates or privateers—whose activities were more legitimate? Come learn all about these colourful characters as you enter their world and embark on an adventure… Enlist, set sail, and experience life aboard ship. Come along! Prepare to board, shipmates!
While on this interactive adventure, your students will put their skills to the test and learn if they’ve got what it takes to become privateers! Based on their individual personalities, they will be assigned specific roles aboard ship, working as a team to rise to the challenge and accomplish various tasks. Intelligence, physical strength, imagination, and cooperation are all brought into play during this adventure on the high seas.
This interactive and immersive experience will delight children as they are immersed in the fascinating world of the privateers who left their mark on Montréal and Québec history in the 17th century. Come aboard!
What will young people experience during this exploratory exhibition?
- Aboard ship, your students will be divided into sub-groups according to their roles as part of the crew. Working in teams, they will tackle interactive challenges relating to their on-board occupations, as they learn the nuts and bolts of life at sea.
- They will explore the world of piracy by being part of a story in which they play the role of the ship’s crewmembers.
- Through experience and play, they will learn about the roles of the captain, the gunner, the cook, and the deckhand. Armed with their new knowledge, they will share what they have learned with the rest of the crew. Learning is both collective and participatory.
- They will be part of an adventure tale, punctuated with several surprises!
Concepts covered in the exploratory exhibition
- Differences and similarities between pirates and privateers.
- Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville, a Montréal privateer who left his mark on our history in the 17th century, along with other legendary figures in the world of piracy.
- Enlisting, life aboard ship, the crew’s various occupations, and the spoils that were sought.
- Economic realities: triangular trade, means of transportation, naval warfare.
Workshop — Make and navigate your pirate ships!
In this workshop, students will get to choose from various types of materials to build their own pirate ships! Sponges, sticks, lids, and cork can be used as the ship’s hold, and various fabrics will be available for designing the best possible sail! But will their ships pass the ultimate test? At the end of the workshop, students will put their ships in the water and race them to see which craft is the best of all! Shipmates… prepare to board!
The activities on this interpreted tour are in line with the aims of the Quebec education programs and help develop the following competencies.
Geography, History and Citizenship Education