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The Legend Of Blackbeard Essay

1468 words - 6 pages

Blackbeard was one of the most feared pirates in history, because he was a ferocious and fearless man who took over many ships in his years of being a pirate. He wasn’t a good man but he was good at what he did. There was some information that was unsure of because of the time period, but there are many interesting facts about him.
Blackbeard’s real name was Edward Teach, there were other ways to spell his last name but Teach was the most common (“Blackbeard: Pirate Terror at Sea”). He was born somewhere between the late 1680’s and early 1690’s, because of the early time period his actual birthdate is unknown (“Blackbeard: Pirate Terror at Sea”). He was a towering, but slender British man with a huge chest (“Blackbeard: Pirate Terror at Sea”). He tied burning rope in his hair to make himself appear even more fierce (Feared). He got the nickname Blackbeard from his braided black beard that was always tied with a black ribbon (“Blackbeard: Pirate Terror at Sea”).
Blackbeard was a pirate during his adult years, but when he was younger he worked on a British ship as a privateer; whose mission was to take over or attack enemy ships (“Blackbeard: Pirate Terror at Sea”). His Father, whose name is unknown, was believed to also be a senior privateer on a Jamaican ship (“Blackbeard: Pirate Terror at Sea”). Later he joined a group of fierce Caribbean pirates (“Blackbeard: Pirate Terror at Sea”). The group of about two hundred fifty men became his crew after they stole a ship to be their own (“Blackbeard: Pirate Terror at Sea”). His ship that is most commonly known was called Queen Anne’s Revenge (“Blackbeard: Pirate Terror at Sea”). They captured this ship in 1716 and sailed it for two years (“Pirate Shipwrecks”). For the two years they harassed sailors in the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. When they got close to a ship they would first find the nationality of the ship and fly their nation’s flag, so that they would appear as an ally to the other ship. When they got even closer to the ship they would exchange the nation’s flag for Blackbeard’s own flag (“Blackbeard: Pirate Terror at Sea”).
Blackbeard’s flag had a skeleton with horns holding a spear in one hand and in the other hand it was holding an hourglass (“Blackbeard, Edward Teach, Blackbeard the Pirate”). The left hand is holding the spear, which is pointing at a heat dripping three drops of blood (“Blackbeard, Edward Teach, Blackbeard the Pirate”). The skeleton on the flag has horns and feet like the devil (“Teach’s Hole Exhibit - Pirate Flags of Terror”). The meaning of this flag is prepare to die, or it could mean surrender or die (“Teach’s Hole Exhibit - Pirate Flags of Terror”).
Blackbeard told a story about when he told a man to give him his ring. The man refused so Blackbeard cut finger with the ring off and took the ring (“Pirate Shipwrecks”). This is another reason he is one of the most feared pirates who ever lived (“Pirate Shipwrecks”). When he and his crew would come to a...

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