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Blackbeard could be called North Carolinas own pirate because he frequented this area in refuge His original name was Edward Drummond and he began his career sailing out of his home port of Bristol England After he became a pirate he changed his name to Edward Teach which is the name that most people relate to Blackbeard the Pirate Some historians believe that his tendancies toward piracy came to him because of the enviroment that he grew up in Bristol England turned out more pirates in the early seventeenth and eighteenth centuries than any other English port Rankin The Pirates of Others believe that he may have been from noble decent Nancy Roberts assumes that since few common people of that time possessed the skills of reading and writing Teach came from an educated family because he was able to do both Roberts Blackbeard and Some historians believe that he was the son of a barmaid and a nobleman His origin is obscure and even his true name has its doubts Legend says that Blackbeard was a big man and he used every bit of his intimidating stature to his advantage He supposedly braided his beard into pigtails and tucked slow burning matches in the braids or behind his ears This sent curls of smoke around his face creating the pirates biggest weapon fear He put daggers pistols and his cutlass in his belt Accrossed his chest he wore a sling in which three pistols were nestled all three were primed cocked and ready to fire To the sailors of the day he was feared almost as much as the devil himself and after seeing him in person many were sure that they were kin Rankin The Pirates Of Blackbeards career began during Queen Annes War which lasted from 1701 to 1713 After the war ended he crewed for Captain Honigold in the Grenadines and quickly became the captains protoce In
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