Blackbeard's Treasure

Edward Thatch, the pirate who came to be known as 
Blackbeard, is believed to have been born around 1680 in the vicinity of Bristol, England's second most important port.  

While under Hornigold command, Blackbeard served 
with several men who would later become pirate 
captains, including Sam Bellamy, Paulsgrave Williams, and Olivier La Buse. Blackbeard was exceptionally loyal remaining in his pirate band after many others defected. He was given control of various prizes in 1716, but didnt receive his first truly independent command in September 1717. 

This was the Revenge, the sloop of the wayward gentleman pirate Stede Bonnet, who had shown up in Nassau grievously wounded. Blackbeard used her to attack shipping off the Carolinas, Virginia, and Delaware, then took a direct, offshore passage to the outer rim of the eastern Caribbean, where, on November 28, 1717, he made his most famous capture. Blackbeard's capture of the 250-ton French slaver La Concorde made him one of the most dangerous pirates in the Americas. Blackbeard
ís  gang mounted her with 22 guns and renamed her the Queen Anneís Revenge, possibly suggesting they were sympathetic to the Stuart claim to the British throne. (His fleet ?which also included a brigantine and Bonnetís Revenge ?had a substantial number of Africans aboard, at least some of whom were equal members of the crew, though it remains unclear what the status was of the 61 slaves the pirates kept when they seized La Concorde.) Thus fortified, Blackbeardís gang brought a wave of terror to the eastern Caribbean in late November and early December 1717, burning Guadeloupe town and most of the vessels at St.Kitts, and leaving the Governor of the British Leeward Islands terrified for his safety, even while aboard the frigate HMS Seaford.

Blackbeard's gang spent the winter of 1717-1718 in Central American waters, before sailing to Nassau and, ultimately, the Carolinas. By this time Blackbeard was aware of the existence of the king's pardon and, disgusted with the behavior of some of his men, devised an elaborate plot to jettison the rabble. After an outrageous multi-day blockade of Charleston, South Carolina, Blackbeard intentionally wrecked the Queen Anne
ís Revenge in North Carolinaís Beaufort Inlet. Giving Bonnet the slip ?and abandoning the malcontents on a sandy island ?Blackbeard led a favored subset of his crew to North Carolinaís village capital, Bath, where they took the kingís pardon from Governor Charles Eden. He married a local girl ?a fact confirmed by Admiralty documents found  ?and set himself as a sort of pirate mafia don under the protection of Governor Eden. Unfortunately, his piracies incensed Virginia Governor Alexander Spottswood, who orchestrated an illegal military invasion of North Carolina. A naval detachment under Lt Robert Maynard engaged Blackbeard at Ocracoke Island on November 22, 1718, killing him in an epic hand-to-hand struggle.

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