Edward Teach, also known as Blackbeard, is one of the most infamous pirates in history. He is said to have operated around the West Indies and the Eastern coast of American colonies. As the captain of Queen Anne’s Revenge he formed an alliance with other pirates and became the bane of merchant ships. His pirate life lasted about two years, but his fame and legacy lived on. Nowadays we have many novels inspired by his life. Many legends about Blackbeard have been passed throughout the years. Discover three of them below:
Blackbeard buried his treasure somewhere
The rumous that pirates burry treasures was circulating not only about Blackbeard. There are hunters all over the world who believe they have the map that can lead them to chests of gold. Unfortunately for them, this legend is most likely false. Pirates rarely buried treasure. Blackbeard attacked merchant ships and his loot consisted of cocoa and sugar, things that would have been worthless if the pirate had buried them.
Edward Teach lit his beard on fire before battle
This is one of the legends about Blackbeard that has a grain of truth in it. Edward Teach had a very long beard in which he put lit candles. The smoke gave him a demonic appearance that frightened whoever came across him and his vessel. Even his Jolly Roger (the flag flown to identify a ship’s crew as pirates that were about to attack) was also frightening. It featured a skull stabbing a heart with a spear.
Blackbeard’s dead body swam around the ship three times
This is perhaps the most famous out of all legends about Blackbeard. Unfortunately for fans of conspiracy theories, it is false. Blackbeard was killed in battle on November 22, 1718. His head was cut off for ransom. Although no one at the scene of the battle stated that his dead body swam around the ship three times, Edward Teach sustained five gunshot wounds and no less than twenty sword cuts before dying. Do you know any other legends about Blackbeard?
( Source: wikipedia, national geographic; Image source: wikipedia )
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