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November 22, Hulton Archive, Getty Images Extremely adept at capturing ships and plundering loot, the pirate Blackbeard struck fear into the hearts of New World seamen—and these days, he's unquestionably the most famous pirate of all time.
You can find Blackbeard statues in North Carolina and the U. And the city of Hampton, Virginia throws an annual pirate festival in his honor. Hulton Archive, Getty Images Like many pirates from his era, Blackbeard is a figure with mysterious origins.
Some say he was born in the English port of Bristol around ; others argue that he was born in Jamaica. He used to call himself Edward, but it's unclear what last name he used.
The origin of the moniker Blackbeard, however, is easier to figure out. It was derived from eyewitness testimonies: People who had seen the pirate firsthand often described him as a tall, thinly built man with a long black beard. For centuries, governments in Europe and elsewhere would hire private warships to further their own interests think of it as piracy by commission.
These mercenaries were known as privateers. Plenty of great pirates started out as privateers before they went rogue and turned on their homelands.
Timberlake reported that a few days earlier, his ton brigantine had been attacked and plundered by two pirate sloops near the island of Hispaniola. Regardless, as a maritime legend, Blackbeard was about to come into his own. By the autumn ofBlackbeard had established himself as the head of a small fleet.
On November 28 of that year, two of his sloops came across La Concordea ton slave ship with 16 cannons. Despite its numerous cannons, La Concorde was an easy target: The tales grew tall. Next, he hired a crew and started raiding vessels along the eastern seaboard.
But although his men were experienced, Bonnet himself knew almost nothing about seafaring. And then he met Blackbeard. By that point, Thatch was already a criminal celebrity. Soon, the two forged a partnership and started taking ships in the West Indies. Blackbeard, a worldly fellow, quickly deduced that his new partner—who had been nicknamed the Gentleman Pirate—was just a rookie.
Likely seeking a pardon for some crimes he'd previously committed, Bonnet left the ship and went ashore. While he was away, Blackbeard stripped The Revenge of its supplies and sailed off.
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On one of these ships, the Crowley, was Samuel Wragg—a member of the colony's governing council—and his young son. In exchange for the safe return of these hostages, Blackbeard demanded a chest of medical supplies. Within a few days, he got his wish. The city grudgingly handed over the equipment and Thatch sent his prisoners back unharmed.
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