Blackbeard (Edward Teach, c. 1680 – 1718) was an English pirate who
operated around the West Indies and the eastern coast of the American
colonies. He was probably born in Bristol, but little is known about his
early life. He may have served on privateer ships during Queen Anne's
War before he joined the crew of Benjamin Hornigold, a pirate who
operated from the Caribbean island of New Providence. In the Queen
Anne's Revenge, a renamed merchant vessel, Teach blockaded the port of
Charles Town, South Carolina, with an alliance of pirates. After
successfully ransoming its inhabitants, he settled in Bath Town, but
soon returned to piracy. He was attacked and killed near Ocracoke Island
by a crew seeking the reward for his capture. A shrewd and calculating
leader, he avoided the use of force, and there are no accounts that he
ever harmed his captives. Following his death, his image was
romanticised, becoming the inspiration for a variety of pirate-themed
works of fiction.
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