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Blackbeard

Pirate Blackbeard

Full Name: Edward Teach or Edward Thatch
Profession: Pirate

Nationality:
England
English

Why Famous: Notorious English pirate who operated around the West Indies and the eastern coast of the American colonies. He became the inspiration for a number of pirate-themed works of fiction across a range of genres.

Birthplace: Bristol, England

Died: November 22, 1718
Cause of Death: Killed in battle

Historical Events

  • 1717-11-28 Blackbeard attacks and captures a French merchant slave ship, which he renames as his flagship the "Queen Anne's Revenge"
  • 1717-12-05 English pirate Blackbeard ransacks the merchant sloop "Margaret" and keeps her captain, Henry Bostock prisoner for 8 hours before releasing him. Bostock later provides 1st record of Blackbeard's appearance, and the source for his name

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