Edward Teach, known as Blackbeard (English: Blackbeard) is one of the most famous figures
in the history of piracy.
Born in 1680 in Bristol, England, his real name is assumed to be Edward Drummond.
A recent discovery in May 2009 could prove that he was born in 1690 in Beaufort, North Carolina, and that his name would
be Edward Beard.
He was committed to an English privateer vessel during the war of the Succession of Spain at the service of Queen Anne from
1702 to 1713. Despite his recklessness and courage in the collision of the French ships he has no advancement.
He became a pirate in 1716. Pirate captain Hornigold entrusted
him with the command of a sloop. For two years Teach accompanied Hornigold until the day when he boards a large French
Then in November 1717 he received command of a French ship of 40 guns. « The Concorde
», renamed "Queen Anne's Revenge".
On July 5 1717 Blackbeard's reputation began to gain momentum following a statement by captain
Mathew Musson following the sinking of his ship on Catt Island in the Bahamas. He learned that five pirates met regularly
at the Port of Providence: Hornigold, Jennings, Burgiss, White and Teach (Blackbeard), equipped with an armed sloop of six
cannons and about 70 men.
In 1718 Teach separated from Hornigold and went foaming the seas on his own. At the head of four ships and 300 men
he then starts to ravage the coasts of the Carolinas, multiply collisions, loot, and kill. He plundered over 40 vessels in one year.
Teach was sought and his head was priced by Governor Alexander Spotswood. The latter appealed to
Lieutenant Maynard, Commander of war building Pearl to capture Blackbeard.
After several days of searching Maynard arrived to find Blackbeard in the Bay of Ocracoke (see map) where his ship was anchored.
Teach was warned of Maynard coming, but seemed not to care.
The death of Blackbeard... a force of nature hard to defeat!
The duel between the pirate Blackbeard and Lieutenant Maynard in Ocracoke - Painting Jean Leon Gerome FERRIS (August 8, 1863 - March 18, 1930)
On the morning of November 22 1718 the collision was launched, a fierce battle ensued. Teach and Maynard found themselves
face to face, each armed with a sword and gun. They engaged in a shooting duel. Teach was affected. The two men then
competed in sabre, the Lieutenant broke under the onslaught of his terrible opponent. Teach pounced on him to deal the
fatal blow when a deckhand dealt Teach a blow of dagger in the neck. Overcoming his pain with blood flowing from everywhere,
Blackbeard continued to fight courageously despite his multiple injuries when another seaman joined the fight and knifed
him. Screaming and mad with rage Blackbeard fought with all his strength. The other sailors were shooting at him, trying to
finish him off and finally Maynard fatally shot him with a pistol. The pirate collapsed...
In a last-ditch effort Blackbeard drew one of his last six pistols which he brought to his chest and prepared to shoot, but
he fails, collapsing lifeless.
25 injuries including gunshot wounds were found on his body. Maynard got Teach decapitated and exhibited his head at the
top of the pole to serve as a warning to all the pirates who were in the Caribbean or elsewhere. Although his head was
later exposed in the public square, many sailors and settlers refused to believe his death... And so many acts of piracy
were attributed to him posthumously.