5 Interesting Facts About The Life of The Worlds Most Notorious Pirate | Captain Blackbeard
Have you ever wondered how a pirate would want to be remembered? What went through their minds when they thought about the future? Sure some of them were hellbent on treasure hunting while others were focused on politics, but there was a small minority that helped shape the ruthless, fearless, slashing image of the everyday pirate we now think of. Back in their day, a pirate would choose a way of life and stick with it, even if it included taking the lives of others.
Enter Captain Blackbeard, one of the most notorious pirates to have ever sailed the ocean. This infamous buccaneer ruled over any ocean he sailed with a powerful grip, and would never settle for second best. But how much do we really know about Blackbeard? Was he even real? Or was he just a fictional character who appeared in Pirates Of The Caribbean? Well, prepare yourself for five true facts about Captain Blackbeard the most feared pirate of all time.
5 Edward Teach From Britain
Before becoming a respected and honored pirate, Blackbeard was born and raised in Britain, most likely in the early 1680s. His real name is thought to be Edward Teach, though the exact spelling is often theorised and changed as multiple sources spell it different ways.
Edward Teach had accepted a job on a privately owned privateer that was based in Jamaica and during the War of the Spanish Succession, Teach had gained experience in robbing, stealing, capturing, and even how to threaten. By the time the war had ended, he had left the privateer and joined a violent group of pirates. In 1716, he had joined the crew of Hornigold and began learning the ways of the pirate’s life.
4 Blackbeard Was An Active Pirate For Only Two Years
Blackbeard may have been one of the most famous pirates in history, but he had one of the shortest careers. Under the command and teachings of Benjamin Hornigold; another very famous pirate, Blackbeard was put in command of a ship of his own that Hornigold and his crew had captured. In the year of 1716, the duo took it upon themselves to terrorise those they found easy prey and set out to make a legend for themselves. Then in 1717, Hornigold accepted a pardon and retired from piracy. This left Blackbeard in charge of both crews, and he captured a ship later to be named Queen Anne’s Revenge. From 1717-1718, Blackbeard took, this time, to make a name for himself.
3 Queen Anne’s Revenge Wasn’t Just A Ship
When Blackbeard was at the peak of his piracy, he stole a Flagship used by the Royal Navy. Launched in 1710, the ship was used for a mere year until 1711 where it was captured by the French navy. Blackbeard saw the ship and stormed it, capturing it. Seeing the potential of the frigate, he ordered 40 cannons be added to the hull. This made the ship one that no pirate would ever willingly attempt to capture from the fearless captain.
Due to the sheer size of the ship, Blackbeard was able to command a crew of 250 while on the same frigate. The famous flag that features a skeleton holding an hourglass in one hand and a spear in the other was a symbol to all opposing forces that they would meet two fates; a merciless death illustrated by the bleeding heart and spear, and the hourglass indicated they would have little to no time to surrender.
Often the crew of Queen Anne’s Revenge would determine the nationality of a foreign ship and would raise the flag of that country. The ship would then move in, but moments before contact the crew of Queen Anne’s Revenge would rise the flag of Blackbeard. The ship would have no time to react and would often surrender without a single drop of blood being spilled.
2 Blackbeard Uses His Power For More Than Killing
In reality, there is no historical evidence showing that Blackbeard actually killed anyone at all. However, he was a master of fear. Knowing his own reputation and power that his name held, he would go on to use these as leverage to get what he wanted, even if it was on dry land.
In 1718, Blackbeard used this exact strategy to demand a ransom on an entire colony. Blocking the entry to Charleston, then an English colony, he captured multiple ships and took those aboard prisoner. Normally when an incident like this occurred, the governing powers would attempt to peacefully resolve the situation. However, when Blackbeard sent a messenger to the colony, the people gave up hope. The very name of Blackbeard shocked the citizens to their very core, and they paid the ransom without a fight. This is just one example of the many times Blackbeard would use words over attacks to gain the upper hand.
1 The End Of A Legend
Blackbeard’s life was filled with fighting, ransoms, persuasions, corruption, stealing, and even kidnapping. This life could only end one way for the man behind the beard, a fight to the death. In an attempt to seize the ship of Captain Maynard, the battle lasted no more than a day. With a fight straight out of a story, Blackbeard’s men had boarded the enemy’s ship after a short chase. Entering the ship, Blackbeard looked like “a devil in battle”. A pistol in one hand and a sword in the other.
Blackbeard came face-to-face with Maynard, who also has a pistol; both men fire….Missing his target, Blackbeard falls. Still able to fight he breaks the sword of Maynard and leans in for the killing blow, only to be killed by a Navy man seconds before. After the battle, his head was cut off and tied to the front of Maynard’s ship as a warning to all other pirates. Thus marks the end of Edward Teach, otherwise known, as Blackbeard.