Pirates: Blackbeard

Blackbeard

"A Giant of a Man"

Blackbeard Ugly

He was believed to have been born in Jamaica, but some also say he was from Carolina. Edward Teach, better known as Better known as Blackbeard, struck fear into the hearts of his enemies by plaiting matches into his beard and hair when he went out into action. It is also said that he was powerfully built and very tall.

Queen Anne's Revenge

Although Blackbeard became notorious for his exploits in the Caribbean after the earthquake at Port Royal, he is note worthy because he was a force to be reckoned with in his heyday. He rose to prominence in what may call "the age of the admirals," the period after the Buccaneers were all but wiped out.

He began his career on the sea as a privateer in the War of the Spanish Succession (1701-1713) and was first heard of a pirate in 1716.

In 1718 he captured a French merchant vessel and turned it into a 40-gun warship, which he named "Queens Anne's Revenge." Blackbeard used this ship to become famous in his clashes with the British in the Caribbean and along the coasts of Virginia and the Carolinas.

A Grim End

After a short but infamous career of pirating the seas, in 1718 Blackbeard engaged a British naval force under Lieut. Robert Maynard. After a hard fight, Blackbeard was defeated. His body was decapitated, and his head was placed on the end of the bowsprit of his ship, as an example to all aspiring pirates around the Western Hemisphere.