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Lesson to study, The Most Feared Pirate in the World - Blackbeard (1)

The Most Feared Pirate in the World - Blackbeard (1)

It's just another day plundering and drinking on the high seas.

You have just finished your third bottle of rum as the midday sun reflects off of the

open ocean.

Your captain comes out of his quarters and looks around menacingly at the crew.

“Drink up lads, for today we plunder our largest booty yet!” he shouts.

His jet black beard and crazed eyes strike awe and respect into the crew.

The infamous scoundrel who captains your ship is Blackbeard and he is one of the most feared

pirates of all time.

The childhood of Blackbeard was unknown up until the last ten years.

It was only in this time that scholars uncovered documents and genetic information that identified

Blackbeard as Edward Teach or Thache depending on the document.

The two surnames were often used interchangeably in the sixteen and seventeen hundreds.

Evidence suggests that Edward Teach was born around 1680 in either Bristol, England or

Jamaica.

It was clear from an early age that Edward Teach would spend his life on the open Ocean.

A 1706 document provided information that Edward Teach had been willed his father's

estate.

But instead of keeping the estate Teach turned over the properties to his stepmother and

siblings.

He did this so that he could join the Royal Navy and begin his career as a sailor.

The documents suggest that Edward Teach left his family and joined the Navy to seek wealth

from the island of Jamaica, which had vast amounts of white gold, more commonly known

as sugar.

Also the key ingredient in rum.

Drink up me hearties yo ho!

Although the estate Edward Teach inherited was vast, he left it all behind for a crewmember

spot on a merchant ship.

This was his first step towards gaining the nautical experience he desired.

Edward Teach was a well educated man, who was literate and capable of using complex

equipment for navigation.

The legends and myths surrounding Blackbeard are fascinating, but the actual man was complex.

Who was Blackbeard and what made him such a successful pirate?

Imagine you are a pirate that has been recruited to join the ranks of Blackbeard's crew.

You've heard rumors of your new captain, some seem too unbelievable to be true.

Your crewmates tell you Blackbeard has “fierce and wild eyes” that strike fear into his

victims.

Others tell you he always has three pistols locked and loaded across his chest, just waiting

for a chance to use them.

And everyone claims that before a battle the captain would light his beard on fire.

He is compared to a comet that instills fear in all who see him.

And no one forgets to mention his jet black beard.

But what really brought you to seek out and join the crew of Blackbeard were the rumors

of the vast amounts of treasure he had amassed.

It was claimed that there were treasure chests with obscene amounts of gold buried somewhere.

And that only Blackbeard knew the location of his treasure.

He had caught and plundered over thirty ships.

You realize that even if only half of the legends about Blackbeard are true, it would

be worth your while to join his crew.

But as you get to know your captain a little better you find that the man is not only cunning

and fierce, but inquisitive and refined as well.

You sit down to eat with your crewmates and notice that the food is some of the best you've

ever had.

It is full of spices and the quality is better than any fancy restaurant on land.

You come to find that Blackbeard has a fondness for good food.

He hired a chef from France to prepare the meals aboard his ship, the Queen Anne's

Revenge.

You also find that your captain is an avid reader.

On the ship he has a collection of books, which includes A Voyage to the South Sea and

Round the World, Perform'd in the Years 1708, 1709, 1710 and 1711 by Captain Edward

Cooke.

Although you discover there is a softer side to Blackbeard you make no mistake as to his

dedication to piracy.

He is still the bane of merchant ships all along the coast of North America.

Stories of how Blackbeard transitioned from naval officer to pirate are told between your

pirate friends.

You find out that Edward Teach was hired as a privateer by the British during the War

of the Spanish Succession.

It was when a fleet of Spanish ships departing from Havana, Cuba, and filled with treasure

were wrecked on Florida's coast, that Edward Teach adopted the persona of Blackbeard the

pirate.

The treasure was too plentiful and beautiful to share with the British Monarchy.

He decided to keep the treasure for himself thus solidifying his name as Blackbeard in

pirate history.

You can't help but notice the impressive nature of the ship you're sailing on.

You wonder how Blackbeard's flagship, Queen Anne's Revenge, came to be in his possession.

It was rumored that he gave the ship its name after the last monarch of England from the

house of Stuart.

Queen Anne had been forced off the throne by George the First, which seemed to not sit

well with Blackbeard.

The ship was originally a French merchant vessel, but Blackbeard turned it into a warmachine

by adding forty cannons.

Queen Anne's Revenge carried approximately three hundred pirates and was as dangerous

as her captain.

Blackbeard even had his own flag designed for Queen Anne's Revenge.

The flag depicted a heart dripping crimson blood and a skeleton holding an hourglass

and spear.

It was designed to intimidate and instill chaos aboard other ships.

Queen Anne's Revenge and the rest of Blackbeard's fleet docked in a North Carolina inlet when

they weren't patrolling the waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

This is where the base of operations for Blackbeard and his pirates was located.

It was from here that Blackbeard forced ships docking and trading in North Carolina to pay

tolls or be destroyed.

He bribed colonial governors to ignore his pirate activities and was able to plunder

ships coming into the North Carolina inlets unimpeded for years.

Sometimes Blackbeard let you and the other members of the crew take breaks between plundering,

pillaging, and life on the seas.

You are allowed to go into port and drink to your heart's content, or frequent a house

of women of ill repute.

As long as you were back on the ship and ready for more pirating, you could pretty much do

whatever you wanted.

But today is not one of those days.

There is no time for relaxation.

Today Blackbeard has a plan to capture and steal from a British merchant ship.

Your captain's victim is sailing towards one of the North Carolina channels.

Their ship is full of gold, goods, and booze.

You are most excited for the booze because your rum stock is running dry.

Blackbeard yells, “Hoist the flag!”

You grab onto the rope hanging from the main mast and pull.

The skull and crossbones ascends to the top of the ship.

Almost immediately the merchant vessel begins to turn away.

They have no desire to fight with the feared Queen Anne's Revenge and her vicious captain.

Unfortunately for the merchant ship, Queen Anne's Revenge is lighter, and therefore,

faster than they are.

You quickly gain on your query.

Blackbear orders the crew to fire chain shot from the cannons to break the masts and render

the merchant ship immobile.

Queen Anne's Revenge The cannons fire and the chain shot shatters the merchant ship's

masts, sending wooden splinters flying everywhere.

Blackbeard steers Queen Anne's Revenge up along side of the stranded vessel and shouts

orders to the crew.

“Prepare to board lads!

Take everything and don't let anyone stand in your way!” he yells.

Blackbeard lights his beard on fire, pulls one of his pistols out of its holster, and

unsheathes his sword.

He swings on a rope across to the merchant ship and takes no prisoners.

This is how most of your pirate days go.

After several successful pillaging and plundering missions Blackbeard chooses some of his most

trusted men to accompany him to stash his treasure.

You have been loyal and fought hard, so this time Blackbeard asks you to join his special

band of merry pirates.

This group is responsible for going with the captain to bury his treasure in an undisclosed

location.

It is an honor only a few crew members have, and if Blackbeard ever feels you are unloyal,

he makes it known by putting a musket ball in your chest.

A rowboat is loaded up with treasure chests and shovels.

You and Blackbeard are lowered into the waters and you begin to row.

With one foot on the bow, Blackbeard uses his spyglass to watch the horizon and give

you course corrections.

You row for what seems like the better part of the morning before Blackbear shouts, “land

ho!”

You have reached his secret hiding spot.

The location of his treasure is so well hidden, that it is rumored only Blackbeard can find

it.

You think to yourself, now I know where all of Blackbeard's riches are kept!

The pirate thing to do would be to kill Blackbeard and take his treasure.

But you are loyal to your captain and you will take the secret to your grave.

Maybe pirates aren't such bad people after all.

During your time aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge you have stolen more loot than you

could have imagined, fought in bloody battles, and drank lots of rum.

Being a pirate can be a pretty good gig if your captain is as feared and skilled as Blackbeard.

But it was all about to come to an end.

On November 22, 1718 Queen Anne's Revenge came across an ambush set up by Virginia's

colonial governor Alexander Spotswood.

He had had enough of Blackbeard's reign over the waters of the North American coast.

The battle begins and the powerful cannons of the Queen Anne's Revenge make quick work

of the two ships sent to capture Blackbeard.

The enemy ships run aground and are ripe for boarding.

Blackbeard notices that the lead ship, which is named Jane, looks abandoned.

He calls for the crew to prepare to board the seemingly derelict ship.

The Queen Anne's Revenge sails along side the Jane.

You grab onto a rope ready to swing over to the other ship while your crewmates set up

gangplanks between the two vessels.

Blackbeard's beard smolders from the fire he lit in it before the battle.

He runs across a gangplank, sword raised in the air.

The rest of the crew follows.

There are only a few men on deck, which means the ship will be easy to plunder.

Suddenly a flood of British soldiers ascends the stairs from below deck in a surprise attack!

You fight alongside your fearless captain, but there are too many enemies and you become

overwhelmed.

You watch as Blackbeard ferociously fights off wave after wave of soldiers.

But then the unthinkable happens.

Blackbeard is overrun by the enemy.

He sustains twenty cuts from enemy swords and is shot five times.

His body falls to the deck, his beard is still smoking, blood trickles from his wounds.

After the battle, the crew of Queen Anne's Revenge are rounded up.

You are forced to watch as Blackbeard is decapitated.

His head is hung on the front of the enemy British ship and his body is tossed overboard

to Davy Jones's Locker.

Upon returning to Virginia, Blackbeard's head is stuck on a pole on the shore of the

town of Hampton.

The severed head serves as a warning to other pirates to stop their treacherous lifestyle.

Blackbeard had ravaged the seas for two years.

In this time he had amassed a fortune in plundered treasure and goods, struck fear into the hearts

of ships along the North American coast, and became a legend.

Soon after his death rumors started circulating that when Blackbeard was decapitated his spirit


The Most Feared Pirate in the World - Blackbeard (1)

It's just another day plundering and drinking on the high seas.

You have just finished your third bottle of rum as the midday sun reflects off of the

open ocean.

Your captain comes out of his quarters and looks around menacingly at the crew.

“Drink up lads, for today we plunder our largest booty yet!” he shouts.

His jet black beard and crazed eyes strike awe and respect into the crew.

The infamous scoundrel who captains your ship is Blackbeard and he is one of the most feared

pirates of all time.

The childhood of Blackbeard was unknown up until the last ten years.

It was only in this time that scholars uncovered documents and genetic information that identified

Blackbeard as Edward Teach or Thache depending on the document.

The two surnames were often used interchangeably in the sixteen and seventeen hundreds.

Evidence suggests that Edward Teach was born around 1680 in either Bristol, England or

Jamaica.

It was clear from an early age that Edward Teach would spend his life on the open Ocean.

A 1706 document provided information that Edward Teach had been willed his father's

estate.

But instead of keeping the estate Teach turned over the properties to his stepmother and

siblings.

He did this so that he could join the Royal Navy and begin his career as a sailor.

The documents suggest that Edward Teach left his family and joined the Navy to seek wealth

from the island of Jamaica, which had vast amounts of white gold, more commonly known

as sugar.

Also the key ingredient in rum.

Drink up me hearties yo ho!

Although the estate Edward Teach inherited was vast, he left it all behind for a crewmember

spot on a merchant ship.

This was his first step towards gaining the nautical experience he desired.

Edward Teach was a well educated man, who was literate and capable of using complex

equipment for navigation.

The legends and myths surrounding Blackbeard are fascinating, but the actual man was complex.

Who was Blackbeard and what made him such a successful pirate?

Imagine you are a pirate that has been recruited to join the ranks of Blackbeard's crew.

You've heard rumors of your new captain, some seem too unbelievable to be true.

Your crewmates tell you Blackbeard has “fierce and wild eyes” that strike fear into his

victims.

Others tell you he always has three pistols locked and loaded across his chest, just waiting

for a chance to use them.

And everyone claims that before a battle the captain would light his beard on fire.

He is compared to a comet that instills fear in all who see him.

And no one forgets to mention his jet black beard.

But what really brought you to seek out and join the crew of Blackbeard were the rumors

of the vast amounts of treasure he had amassed.

It was claimed that there were treasure chests with obscene amounts of gold buried somewhere.

And that only Blackbeard knew the location of his treasure.

He had caught and plundered over thirty ships.

You realize that even if only half of the legends about Blackbeard are true, it would

be worth your while to join his crew.

But as you get to know your captain a little better you find that the man is not only cunning

and fierce, but inquisitive and refined as well.

You sit down to eat with your crewmates and notice that the food is some of the best you've

ever had.

It is full of spices and the quality is better than any fancy restaurant on land.

You come to find that Blackbeard has a fondness for good food.

He hired a chef from France to prepare the meals aboard his ship, the Queen Anne's

Revenge.

You also find that your captain is an avid reader.

On the ship he has a collection of books, which includes A Voyage to the South Sea and

Round the World, Perform'd in the Years 1708, 1709, 1710 and 1711 by Captain Edward

Cooke.

Although you discover there is a softer side to Blackbeard you make no mistake as to his

dedication to piracy.

He is still the bane of merchant ships all along the coast of North America.

Stories of how Blackbeard transitioned from naval officer to pirate are told between your

pirate friends.

You find out that Edward Teach was hired as a privateer by the British during the War

of the Spanish Succession.

It was when a fleet of Spanish ships departing from Havana, Cuba, and filled with treasure

were wrecked on Florida's coast, that Edward Teach adopted the persona of Blackbeard the

pirate.

The treasure was too plentiful and beautiful to share with the British Monarchy.

He decided to keep the treasure for himself thus solidifying his name as Blackbeard in

pirate history.

You can't help but notice the impressive nature of the ship you're sailing on.

You wonder how Blackbeard's flagship, Queen Anne's Revenge, came to be in his possession.

It was rumored that he gave the ship its name after the last monarch of England from the

house of Stuart.

Queen Anne had been forced off the throne by George the First, which seemed to not sit

well with Blackbeard.

The ship was originally a French merchant vessel, but Blackbeard turned it into a warmachine

by adding forty cannons.

Queen Anne's Revenge carried approximately three hundred pirates and was as dangerous

as her captain.

Blackbeard even had his own flag designed for Queen Anne's Revenge.

The flag depicted a heart dripping crimson blood and a skeleton holding an hourglass

and spear.

It was designed to intimidate and instill chaos aboard other ships.

Queen Anne's Revenge and the rest of Blackbeard's fleet docked in a North Carolina inlet when

they weren't patrolling the waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

This is where the base of operations for Blackbeard and his pirates was located.

It was from here that Blackbeard forced ships docking and trading in North Carolina to pay

tolls or be destroyed.

He bribed colonial governors to ignore his pirate activities and was able to plunder

ships coming into the North Carolina inlets unimpeded for years.

Sometimes Blackbeard let you and the other members of the crew take breaks between plundering,

pillaging, and life on the seas.

You are allowed to go into port and drink to your heart's content, or frequent a house

of women of ill repute.

As long as you were back on the ship and ready for more pirating, you could pretty much do

whatever you wanted.

But today is not one of those days.

There is no time for relaxation.

Today Blackbeard has a plan to capture and steal from a British merchant ship.

Your captain's victim is sailing towards one of the North Carolina channels.

Their ship is full of gold, goods, and booze.

You are most excited for the booze because your rum stock is running dry.

Blackbeard yells, “Hoist the flag!”

You grab onto the rope hanging from the main mast and pull.

The skull and crossbones ascends to the top of the ship.

Almost immediately the merchant vessel begins to turn away.

They have no desire to fight with the feared Queen Anne's Revenge and her vicious captain.

Unfortunately for the merchant ship, Queen Anne's Revenge is lighter, and therefore,

faster than they are.

You quickly gain on your query.

Blackbear orders the crew to fire chain shot from the cannons to break the masts and render

the merchant ship immobile.

Queen Anne's Revenge The cannons fire and the chain shot shatters the merchant ship's

masts, sending wooden splinters flying everywhere.

Blackbeard steers Queen Anne's Revenge up along side of the stranded vessel and shouts

orders to the crew.

“Prepare to board lads!

Take everything and don't let anyone stand in your way!” he yells.

Blackbeard lights his beard on fire, pulls one of his pistols out of its holster, and

unsheathes his sword.

He swings on a rope across to the merchant ship and takes no prisoners.

This is how most of your pirate days go.

After several successful pillaging and plundering missions Blackbeard chooses some of his most

trusted men to accompany him to stash his treasure.

You have been loyal and fought hard, so this time Blackbeard asks you to join his special

band of merry pirates.

This group is responsible for going with the captain to bury his treasure in an undisclosed

location.

It is an honor only a few crew members have, and if Blackbeard ever feels you are unloyal,

he makes it known by putting a musket ball in your chest.

A rowboat is loaded up with treasure chests and shovels.

You and Blackbeard are lowered into the waters and you begin to row.

With one foot on the bow, Blackbeard uses his spyglass to watch the horizon and give

you course corrections.

You row for what seems like the better part of the morning before Blackbear shouts, “land

ho!”

You have reached his secret hiding spot.

The location of his treasure is so well hidden, that it is rumored only Blackbeard can find

it.

You think to yourself, now I know where all of Blackbeard's riches are kept!

The pirate thing to do would be to kill Blackbeard and take his treasure.

But you are loyal to your captain and you will take the secret to your grave.

Maybe pirates aren't such bad people after all.

During your time aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge you have stolen more loot than you

could have imagined, fought in bloody battles, and drank lots of rum.

Being a pirate can be a pretty good gig if your captain is as feared and skilled as Blackbeard.

But it was all about to come to an end.

On November 22, 1718 Queen Anne's Revenge came across an ambush set up by Virginia's

colonial governor Alexander Spotswood.

He had had enough of Blackbeard's reign over the waters of the North American coast.

The battle begins and the powerful cannons of the Queen Anne's Revenge make quick work

of the two ships sent to capture Blackbeard.

The enemy ships run aground and are ripe for boarding.

Blackbeard notices that the lead ship, which is named Jane, looks abandoned.

He calls for the crew to prepare to board the seemingly derelict ship.

The Queen Anne's Revenge sails along side the Jane.

You grab onto a rope ready to swing over to the other ship while your crewmates set up

gangplanks between the two vessels.

Blackbeard's beard smolders from the fire he lit in it before the battle.

He runs across a gangplank, sword raised in the air.

The rest of the crew follows.

There are only a few men on deck, which means the ship will be easy to plunder.

Suddenly a flood of British soldiers ascends the stairs from below deck in a surprise attack!

You fight alongside your fearless captain, but there are too many enemies and you become

overwhelmed.

You watch as Blackbeard ferociously fights off wave after wave of soldiers.

But then the unthinkable happens.

Blackbeard is overrun by the enemy.

He sustains twenty cuts from enemy swords and is shot five times.

His body falls to the deck, his beard is still smoking, blood trickles from his wounds.

After the battle, the crew of Queen Anne's Revenge are rounded up.

You are forced to watch as Blackbeard is decapitated.

His head is hung on the front of the enemy British ship and his body is tossed overboard

to Davy Jones's Locker.

Upon returning to Virginia, Blackbeard's head is stuck on a pole on the shore of the

town of Hampton.

The severed head serves as a warning to other pirates to stop their treacherous lifestyle.

Blackbeard had ravaged the seas for two years.

In this time he had amassed a fortune in plundered treasure and goods, struck fear into the hearts

of ships along the North American coast, and became a legend.

Soon after his death rumors started circulating that when Blackbeard was decapitated his spirit