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Blackbeard - Story of Edward Teach

Blackbeard, the famous pirate, was known as Edward Teach in his earlier life.  Born in Bristol, England he became a threat to many and was feared by all.

Why was he called "Blackbeard?"  According to an account, written in 1724, by Charles Johnson:

So our Heroe, Captain Teach, assumed the Cognomen of Black-beard, from that large Quantity of Hair, which, like a frightful Meteor, covered his whole Face, and frightened America more than any Comet that has appeared there a long Time. This Beard was black, which he suffered to grow of an extravagant Length; as to Breadth, it came up to his Eyes; he was accustomed to twist it with Ribbons, in small Tails, after the Manner of our Ramilies Wiggs, and turn them about his Ears.  (A General History of the Robberies and Murders of the Most Notorious Pirates, by Charles Johnson, page 57.)

Blackbeard became one of the most famous of all Pirates of the Caribbean.  He even flew his own distinctive pirate's flag.

See, also:

Blackbeard and his ship - the Queen Anne's Revenge


Media Credits

Clip from the BBC's Blackbeard, Episode 1.  Copyright, BBC, all rights reserved.  Clip provided here as fair use for educational purposes and to acquaint new viewers with the production.  Online, courtesy  BBC's Channel at YouTube.

 

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