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Was infamous pirate Blackbeard a good guy ?

August 26, 2016 | Comment icon 11 comments



Was Blackbeard really as bloodthirsty as he was made out to be ? Image Credit: Jean Leon Gerome Ferris
New research has determined that Blackbeard wasn't quite as bloodthirsty as history would suggest.
Born in 1680 as Edward Thatch, Blackbeard was originally a privateer during the War of the Spanish Succession before turning to piracy after the confict had ended in 1713.

Sailing aboard his ship, the Queen Anne's Revenge, his bloodthirsty reputation was cemented by stories of his merciless brutality and his fearsome appearance. He was even known to place lit canon fuses underneath his hat in an effort to intimidate his enemies.

But is this version of the infamous pirate actually accurate ? According to historian and researcher Colin Woodward, Blackbeard was nowhere near as bad as he was generally made out to be.
"Despite his infamous reputation, Blackbeard was remarkably judicious in his use of force," he said.

"In the dozens of eyewitness accounts of his victims, there is not a single instance in which he killed anyone prior to his final, fatal battle with the Royal Navy."

It turns out that reports of the infamous pirate's bloodthirsty nature may have simply been made up by the authorities in an effort to legitimise efforts to bring him to justice.

Source: Mail Online | Comments (11)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #2 Posted by GreenmansGod 6 years ago
I bet his friends thought he was just peachie. †Pirate†captains who †didn't treat the crew well, usually get tossed overboard. †At least that is what happens now a days. † Crazy things you learn living in Florida. Arr...†††††
Comment icon #3 Posted by MJNYC 6 years ago
So loved this movie and LOVED this scene. †De Niro†is tops
Comment icon #4 Posted by OverSword 6 years ago
The authorities make things up about people to tarnish their image just so they can "legitimize efforts to bring him to justice."?† Say it aint so.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Zalmoxis 6 years ago
Everyone liked the insignia on his peg leg.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Thorvir Hrothgaard 6 years ago
Blackbeard appears to be good at rapping. †Especially if it's some sort of battle rap, epic, about history.
Comment icon #7 Posted by MWoo7 6 years ago
Funny, yeah some of my uncles (and probably others) should have been authors, fabrication artistry of the highest level, its never refuted. Say it ain't so† HA!!!!
Comment icon #8 Posted by Black Monk 6 years ago
It's fashionable nowadays to say that someone wasn't bad after all, they were just "misunderstood."
Comment icon #9 Posted by scocope 6 years ago
For those who want more than a few sentences about the topic, here is Woodward's article http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/last-days-blackbeard-180949440/
Comment icon #10 Posted by Swede 6 years ago
Nicely done. .
Comment icon #11 Posted by Badfish312 6 years ago
There is so much misinformation about Blackbeard. Most, if not all, of the misinformation about Blackbeard is due to a man named Nathaniel Mist, using the pseudonym Charles Johnson†to write the book "A General History of the Robberies and Murders of the Most Notorious Pyrates" This book is full of fiction and cannot be relied on as an accurate source. Most of all written books,blogs and news stories about Blackbeared are based on fiction, myths and folklore.† Most of what is written in the OP's link is fiction.† However one piece of empirical evidence we do have is that the name Blackbeard is ... [More]


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