Edward Teach, the Pirate
Blackbeard: A Brief History
Edward Teach (1680 – 1718), better known as Blackbeard, was a notorious English pirate who operated around the West Indies and the eastern coast of the American colonies. Though little is known about his early life, he was probably born in Bristol, England, and later migrated to Jamaica where he became a privateer.At some point he became involved in a piracy ring, but this is likely due to being bored while on the job. Blackbeard was said to have made his first capture at the age of eight and, at 24, became the most decorated pirate in history. After his 28th birthday he was commissioned to capture for the king of England the head of a giant salamander and bring it back to England for a ransom.
We dug into the data to find out why hoarders are on the rise. In 2013, there were 983 total reports of hoarders in the U.S. We defined hoarderism as a condition in which someone is obsessed with or detests some other aspect of their body, which may or may not relate to their interpersonal relationships. National data reported that hoarders are between 18 and 44 years old, live in urban areas with 10 or more bedrooms, and own one or more homes.
Hoarder families. Credit: FBI
It’s vital to acknowledge that these kinds of stories are anecdotal. There isn’t a rigid definition for a hoarder, but the most common thought disorders typically fall under one of two categories: obsessions and compulsions.
Hoarders have a wide range of obsessive-compulsive issues. In general, obsessions are repetitive behaviors that interfere with daily functioning (think carpal tunnel syndrome). The person experiencing the behavior may be unable to stop the behavior for an extended period or they may feel shame or embarrassment over the behavior.
Compulsions are more specific mental health disorders that almost always fall within one of five categories.
Blackbeard’s Last Stand: Maynard’s Cunning Trick
Blackbeard’s last stand was an event in 1718 in which the famous English pirate Blackbeard was killed by Lieutenant Robert Maynard at Ocracoke Island, North Carolina. Blackbeard’s pirate career began off Bermuda in 1716 and was marked by fighting and plundering. One year, Blackbeard reached 171 guns, despite having only 48 men under his command. He began to resemble Captain Morgan as his crew strength grew.
After being captured by the British, Blackbeard was transported to the Caribbean then to America. He became a famous pirate and was well known for his greed, cunning, and desire for power. He also encouraged his men to grow as a family. He was known to be a religious man and taught his men to be good and loyal (recall the pirate was known as a drunkard). He was involved in many adventures but lived to be 113 years old. In 1721 he agreed to a two-year contract to exchange his pirate life for $10,000 and freedom. His general John Carteret paid him 60 guns but disarmed Blackbeard by giving him 60 more guns. It took 7 attempts to kill Blackbeard.
Blackbeard eventually fleed to North Carolina and became aistoric, dying in 1729 at the age of 114 years old. His final words were, “There is but one thing reserved for the Pirates, and that is to keep their gold and their Women for themselves.”
2. Barbara Overall, a Roman Catholic nurse, became infamous when she and a group of fourteen Islamic fanatics attacked the French, killing 37 French soldiers and forcing the surrender of General Petain on October 4, 1794. Overall had been a spy for Petain and helped him plan the resistance of Paris to the British. After the capitulation, a reward of two million francs was offered for her head. The brave nurse, however, decided to walk away from all the riches and fame.
3. Blackbeard’s Last Stand: The Battle of Ocracoke Island
Blackbeard’s Last Stand: The Battle of Ocracoke Island. On November 21, 1718, Blackbeard and his crew of pirates were engaged in a battle with Lieutenant Robert Maynard and the Royal Navy on Ocracoke Island, North Carolina.In an effort to draw closer to the British, the pirates issued an ultimatum demanding additional supplies for their operations. Instead, they won Ocracoke Island with tactical victories such as sneak attacks, ambushes, and the sinking of a British gunboat.
2. Edward Teach knew his cousin, Peter Minny, better than anyone: The two young brothers had been close childhood friends growing up. At fifteen, Edward enrolled at King’s College, a preparatory boarding school in Cambridge, England. In 1722, the year in which the Blackbeard affair allegedly took place, Edward Maxey left the college to join the British Navy.
3.Edward Teach traveled the world as a pirate, spy, and adventurer, making a name for himself wherever he went: He became an officer in the British Navy in 1727, sharing command with his brother. Later, he served as a Lieutenant in the French Navy and was recruited by Lord Admiral William Berkeley to become a spy in enemy territories.
4. He remains a somewhat mysterious figure in sailing history: One of only two people in history to hold several offices at the same time: In 1741, Teach was appointed Royal Pursuivant to receive secret dispatches from the government of the United States. In 1747, he became a member of the council of the board of trade of Great Britain, the nation’s preeminent merchant guild, entitled to vote on crucial commercial issues involving commercial interests in Britain. At the end of his life, Teach wrote the famous “Declaration of Rights of the English Subject,” signed by every British subject.
5. He was also a talented engineer and inventor: In 1718, Teach became head of the development and construction department at the Royal Navy Institute in Harwich, England.
Blackbeard’s Last Stand: The Aftermath
Pierre Omidyar, the founder of eBay, wrote the check for the purchase of Blackbeard’s pirate ship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge, with the proceeds from the sale of his own Pez dispenser collection on eBay. You can read more about this on eBay’s blog.
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3. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote the initial draft. When Doyle was told of Omidyar’s bid for Blackbeard’s treasure, he spun his pen in the air as if he wanted to write the letter himself and then contractually agreed to write it. You can read more about this in this wonderful book titled “ The True Story of Conan Doyle.”
4. Albert Einstein made a letter as a sort of follow-up to the original.
5. Salim Akil, a British actor, contributed his voice to the narration. To be fair, he didn’t appear in the actual episode where Blackbeard was found, but it was his collection of eyeglasses that was auctioned.
6. This relates to an aspect of the case that when I spoke to Christie’s auctioneer, Tristan da Cunha, I speculated about. Blackbeard was presumably not exactly a major player in the shipping industry, as it was located in both the Americas and Europe. But since he was an internationally known criminal, he did carry a lot more cash with him (ranging in the six to eight hundred pound range). So he either had ties to an organized crime syndicate, maybe even took their logo as a tattoo?
7. Many consider Don’t Confuse This For Center Selection as the most creative use of humor during the conservation of this valuable piece of loot.
Edward Teach, Pirate King — Myth or Reality?
Edward Teach is better known as Blackbeard (a name he allegedly got from the long black beard he wore to strike fear into the hearts of his victims). He is considered one of the most fearsome pirates of all time and was known for his fierceness in battle and his habit of filling his victims with terror.
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