Pirates & Privateers

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[Picture - Edward Teach alias Blackbeard] Edward Teach, alias Blackbeard, "more than any other, can be called North Carolina's own pirate, although he was not a native of the colony... As is the case with all pirates, his origin is obscure. His name originally, it seems was Edward Drummond, and he began his career as an honest seaman, sailing out of his home port of Bristol, England. He is seldom known by that name, for after he became a pirate he began calling himself Edward Teach, sometimes spelled in the records as Thatch, Tache, or even Tatch. Yet it was as Blackbeard that he was, and still is , known, and it was under this name that the people of his generation knew him, 'a swaggering, merciless brute.'" -- Hugh F. Rankin.

Queen Anne's Revenge

Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge? The Underwater Archaeology Unit (UAU) of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources in association with the private research firm Intersal, Inc., has conducted three major expeditions to a wreck believed to be the remains of the Queen Anne's Revenge, Blackbeard's flagship, which sank at Beaufort Inlet, North Carolina in 1718. Following five years of intense study, archaeologists have made great strides toward understanding the site's origin and significance. The site includes A General History of Blackbeard, the Queen Anne's Revenge and the Adventure; reports of the excavations, 1997-2003; and a guide to the artifacts uncovered. Updated!

The Quest for Blackbeard

Blackbeard! at National Geographic Kids. New!
Blackbeard!, a reference site maintained as part of the Ocracoke, NC tourism website because of the historical and geographic references to Blackbeard on Ocracoke and the Pamlico Sound.
When Blackbeard Scourged the Sea from the Colonial Williamsburg Journal. New URL.

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14 March 2004