Monday, November 22, 2010

Blackbeard the Pirate

Capture of the Pirate, Blackbeard, 1718, by Jean Ferris

292 years ago today, one of the world's most famous and feared sea pirates was put to death.

Edward Teach, a Brit who became known as Blackbeard, enhanced his already fearsome image with actual fuses he entwined into his hair and beard and lighting them on fire to look like a fucking lunatic...a fucking lunatic you don't mess with. He was described as "such a figure that imagination cannot form an idea of a fury from hell to look more frightful."

He was moderately successful as a pirate. He stole and attained treasure all over the Caribbean and also up and down the East Coast of the United States. Sometime in 1718 he and his cohorts blockaded the port city of Charleston and caused a major ruckus.

Ole' Eddy, or Blackbeard as he was then called was caught on 11/22/1718 and killed in a ferocious battle organized by the Governor of Virginia.

While most people assume treasure is always gold, silver and jewels, it was mostly sugar, cocoa, coffee and fine linens that he was most interested in attaining for trade. Let's see - coffee, chocolate, sugar and fine clothes - treasure enough for us! Especially in 1718. The only pirate to have officially been documented to have buried a treasure (and we're not sure it was gold either) was Captain Kidd.

Blackbeard's heavily armed and fortified ship, the Queen Anne's Revenge, was discovered in 1997. So far, over 15,000 artifacts have been recovered from it and are on display at the North Carolina Maritime Museum.

Are we leaving stuff out? Of course, one post cannot accommodate the life of the most famous pirate the world has ever seen!


Blackbeard's flag for his ship The Queen Anne's Revenge.
A skeleton spears a heart while toasting The Devil!
the three dots look like a pirate map to us....

Excellent Daily Mail article

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