Blackbeard: The most feared pirate of the Atlantic Presented by Carol Holden and Tanya Klanert The Beginning of Blackbeard вЂў No one is sure exactly where Blackbeard was born. He could have been born in one of two places, Bristol, England or the island of Jamaica вЂўBlackbeardвЂ™s real name has also been hard to discover, however, Edward Teach is the most common in documents about Blackbeard. вЂў He was an active privateer for the British, spying on French ships during the Spanish War. Privateers were used to attack enemy ships. вЂў Becoming a privateer was the first step in BlackbeardвЂ™s piracy. For more information about BlackbeardвЂ™s life, link to http://www.blackbeardlives.com/day1/bio.shtml The Queen AnneвЂ™s Revenge (QAR) One of the largest pirates ship to ever sail. The Queen AnneвЂ™s Revenge was the ship Blackbeard captained. вЂў Before Blackbeard claimed the ship, it is believed to have been sailed in England. вЂў The QAR left Africa with gold dust, silver, jewels, and slaves on board. вЂў It was captured by Blackbeard during its voyage from Africa. вЂў The ship could hold up to 300 tons (600,000 pounds), was armed with 40 different cannons, and had a crew of 150 pirates. вЂў Blackbeard captured the QAR in November 1717 in the Caribbean. вЂўHe used the QAR as his prime weapon during the height of his reign of terror. вЂў The QAR is known to have taken at least 18 ships as "prizes." вЂў It is believed that Blackbeard and his crew removed most of the booty of gold and silver before they left the ship. вЂў The QAR wrecked in June 1718 at Beaufort Inlet, North Carolina. The crew abandoned the ship. After he captured the QAR, Blackbeard flew his flag from for all to see. A pirateвЂ™s flag is known as a jolly roger. The above picture is BlackbeardвЂ™s jolly roger. Life as a Pirate It is thought that BlackbeardвЂ™s home was a big white house located on the inlet in Beaufort, NC. This is a picture of his house. Today it is known as the вЂњHammock HouseвЂќ The Blockade BlackbeardвЂ™s largest accomplishment was the blockade he set up outside of Charleston, SC. He stretched his vessels across the harbor and made demands of the town for money, supplies and medicine. The blockade wore on for weeks, and without firing a shot, Blackbeard slowly received what he came for. Abandoning the QAR вЂў In 1718, he sailed it into the Beaufort Inlet. It was there that he intentionally ran the ship aground. In reality, he was planning another theft of booty, but this time it was from his own crew. He took the treasure and his favorite crew members and abandoned the ship in the inlet to be taken away by the ocean tide. вЂў Blackbeard and the crew he took with him, sailed another ship up Pamlico Sound to the town of Bath. BlackbeardвЂ™s Death вЂў Blackbeard missed being a pirate and soon started sailing the North Carolina and Virginia coast again with another ship and searched for other ships to attack. вЂў He settled on Ockracoke Island near Cape Hatteras. вЂў The Royal Navy found BlackbeardвЂ™s ship anchored at his favorite spot and attacked. вЂў Both sides lost crew members in the battle. вЂў Eventually Blackbeard was killed in battle by the Royal navy. вЂў Blackbeard's head was cut off and his body thrown overboard where legend has that it swam around the ship several times before sinking. For more legends link to http://www.icw-net.com/tales/ вЂў Blackbeard's Ship is still underwater in just 20 feet of water off of Fort Macon. вЂў Some cannon and artifacts from the QAR have been recovered from the wreckage. вЂў Some smaller items, such as the stones in the picture below that have been found are on display at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort, NC. For more photos of artifacts link to http://www.ah.dcr.state.nc.us/sections/maritime/blackbeard/artifacts.htm вЂњOnly the devil and I know the whereabouts of my treasure, and the one of us who lives the longest shall take it all.вЂќ ARRGH!