Edward Teach or Thatch, born around 1680, was known as the pirate Blackbeard. This feared pirate raided and murdered along our Eastern Coast during England's Colonial rule in the early 1700s. Blackbeard was one of the most infamous pirates ever recorded in history. His notoriety has endured due to the fact that he pirated along America’s coast, maintained a fearsome look, and continued pirating even after he was pardoned.
One of the ships Teach stole was named the Concorde which he renamed Queen Anne's Revenge. He later used Queen Anne's Revenge in the blockade of Charleston harbor.
Blackbeard maintained a fierce appearance. He wore a black beard which he kept in long braids. During one raid, he used his hat to anchor cannon fuses, which he lit for a more menacing look.
After the blockade of Charleston, South Carolina, the soulless outlaw was offered a pardon by the government under the condition that he stop pirating. He accepted. The pirate supposedly settled down for a civilized life in North Carolina, but he soon tired it and began pirating secretly. A bounty was placed on Teach’s head at the urging of North Carolina colonists.
Blackbeard died in the Battle of Ocracoke Island on November 22nd, 1718.
Blackbeard has gone down in history as one of the most infamous pirates to ever live. Although his reign of terror lasted but two years, he did more damage than most pirates have done in a lifetime. Teach made an infamous name for himself, in life and in death; he will always be remembered as the dread pirate Blackbeard.
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