Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Blackbeard in North Carolina

Edward Teach was one of the pirates who pillaged the eastern coast of the United States.  He drew famous title of "Blackbeard".  He was born ca 1680 and is believed to have died on Ocracoke Island in North Carolina. His splendid capture was Queen Anne's Revenge, equipped with 40 guns. He formed alliances with other pirates and blockaded the port of Charleston, South Carolina.

After successfully ransoming its inhabitants, he ran Queen Anne's Revenge aground on a sandbar near Beaufort, North Carolina and parted company with Bonnet when he accepted a royal pardon and temporarily settled at Bath Town.  But he returned to pirating and Governor Spotswood  of Virginia arranged his capture on 22 November 1718.  During a ferocious battle, Teach and several of his crew were killed by a small force of sailors led by Lieutenant Robert Maynard.

A search along the North Carolina coast and isles for his treasures has been ongoing since his death.

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