Blackbeard’s History 1680-1718

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1. What was Blackbeard’s real name? Edward Teach (Thatch, Tache, Tatch)
2. Where was he born? Jamaica
3. How many times was Blackbeard married? 14
4. What is the “Jolly Roger”? The skull and crossbones pirate flag
5. What did Blackbeard want from Charleston in 1718? Medicine (mercury)
6. What was Charleston’s valuable export? Rice
7. Name two types of weapons pirates used. Cannon, blunderbuss, pistol, cutlass, knife, grappling hook, boarding ax
8. When and where was the wreckage of a ship thought to be Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge found? Beaufort Inlet, NC in 1997
9. What artifacts have been recovered from the ship? Bell, blunderbuss, lead sounding weight
10. While a resident of Bath, North Carolina, Blackbeard received a pardon from the governor of North Carolina. What was the governor’s name? Charles Eden
11. The governor of Virginia decided that Blackbeard needed to be stopped. What was the Virginia governor’s name? Alexander Spottswood
12. Who was the Royal Navy sailor who killed Blackbeard and cut off his head? A Highlander possibly named Demelt
13. Where did Blackbeard’s final battle take place? Ocracoke Inlet, NC

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(1. Pirate captain’s alias)Blackbeard did exist and is reputed to have been the fiercest pirate who ever lived. His real name is reported to be (2. Pirate captain’s real name)Edward Teach, though some documents of the period suggest the pirate’s true surname was Thatch. It is widely believed that (1. Pirate captain’s alias)Blackbeard was born in England around 1680. Other than that, even the most basic information about (1. Pirate captain’s alias)Blackbeard before he launched his pirating career is either vague or unsubstantiated.

The most renowned (1. Pirate captain’s name)Blackbeard biographer was Captain (2. Biographer’s name)Charles Johnson, who described the pirate as having an extravagantly long black beard that came up to his eyes. Johnson reported that (1. Pirate captain’s alias)Blackbeard would twist the beard into tails, tie the tails with ribbons and then turn the tails toward his ears. Johnson further states that when engaged in battle, (1. Pirate captain’s alias)Blackbeard wore “a sling over his Shoulders; with three brace of Pistols, hanging in Holsters like Bandoliers.” Johnson was perhaps the first person to describe the practice Blackbeard had of putting lit matches (lengths of hemp cord dipped in lime and saltpeter) under his hat to give his face and eyes an unnaturally fierce glow.

(1. Pirate captain’s alias)Blackbeard apparently used this hat trick along with many other machinations to project an terrifying image. Biographers are unsure which atrocities rumored to have been committed by (1. Pirate captain’s alias)Blackbeard are true and which were merely circulated to enhance the pirate’s notorious reputation.

(1. Pirate captain’s alias)Blackbeard began his nefarious career sometime after 1713 as a crewman aboard a Jamaican sloop commanded by (3. Second pirate’s name)Benjamin Hornigold. In 1716, Hornigold appointed (1. Pirate captain’s alias)Blackbeard to command a captured vessel, and the two pirates formed an allegiance. Blackbeard went on to captain the flagship he named (4. Pirate vessel’s name)Queen Anne’s Revenge. Using this ship, he and his crew terrorized the coast from (5. Cities terrorized)Trinidad to Maine. Though (1. Pirate captain’s alias)Blackbeard’s solo career as a pirate lasted only twenty-seven months (from 1716 to 1718), he is believed to have amassed a great fortune and as many as fourteen wives.

In 1718, the governor of (6. State launching attack)Virginia sent a naval expedition to attack (1. Pirate captain’s alias)Blackbeard at his favorite hideout on (7. Pirate’s hideout)Ocracoke Island, just south of (8. Geographical location of hideout)Cape Hatteras on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. “(2. Pirate captain’s real name)Teach’s Hole” was a six-mile long trench between a sandbar and the (7. Pirate’s hideout)Ocracoke Island. From the “hole,” (1. Pirate captain’s alias)Blackbeard could escape attack coming in from either side by going toward the nearby inlet or evading capture by way of (9. Geographical location of escape)Pamlico Sound. What (1. Pirate captain’s alias)Blackbeard had failed to count on was the possibility of two attacking ships, and by using two ships, the navy caught (1. Pirate captain’s alias)Blackbeard by surprise. Cornered, the pirate and his crew fought mightily. (2. Biographer’s name)Captain Johnson reports that it took twenty-five wounds to (1. Pirate captain’s alias)Blackbeard’s body, including five pistol balls, before he was dead. As King George I of England had offered a reward for (1. Pirate captain’s alias)Blackbeard dead or alive, Lieutenant (10. Hero who killed pirate)Maynard (head of the naval expedition) cut off (1. Pirate captain’s alias) Blackbeard’s head and anchored it on the bow of the ship–proof that the mighty (1. Pirate captain’s alias)Blackbeard had been slain. His headless body was tossed overboard.

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