Dead Men Tell No Tale’s
“Only the Devil and I know the whereabouts of my treasure, and the one of us that lives the longest should take it all.” – Edward Teach (Blackbeard)
“YO HO YO HO a Pirates life for me!” In the 18th Century the seas where terrorized by pirates. The black flag with a skull and cross bones stuck fear into the hearts of all men, women, and children. And, even today we see the lasting impression pirates have on us as a society through movies, books, TV shows, and cartoons. Over the years pirates have been downgraded from vicious cut throat criminals to silly fairytale characters such as Captain Hook. Archaeologists use data, and excavations to go back in time and put the pieces of the past back together. For many years the hunt for the infamous Blackbeard’s treasure has evoked hundreds of people to go on wild goose chases to be the one to discover it. Blackbeard captained the ship “Queen Anne’s Revenge” and when archaeologists discover a sunken ship off the coast of North Carolina believed to be the very ship many questions are answered while others rise from the depths.
Privateer to pirate: Born in 1680 in Bristol, England Edward Teach, also known as “Black Beard” was the most feared pirate known to man. Boarding a ship in Jamaica as a privateer Edward Teach soon became bored of the privateer life and turned to a life of piracy. When stalking Ships Black Beard would first determine the ethnicity of the prey ship and raise that nation’s flag in order to seem friendly. As he would close in at the very last minute he would raise his pirate flag; this alone frightened so many sailors that most surrendered without a fight. To seem more vicious right before Black Beard boarded the ship he would place burning ropes in his beard and hat to seem like he was truly on fire, like a demon from hell....
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* WWW.NationalGeographic.com/news Blackbeard pirate relics, and gold found March 30, 2009
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