HI127 Lecture Notes - Lecture 11: Benjamin Hornigold, Stede Bonnet, Blackbeard

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29 Jul 2016
Golden Age III: Blackbeard
What was Blackbeard’s significance to the history of Golden Age piracy?
- Plunder
- Revenge/vengeance
- Terror
- Community
- Slavery
Benjamin Hornigold and Blackbeard
Was the leader of the pirates in Nassau in 1713-15
Only attacked Spanish ships not English
Captured the Spanish ship which he renamed Benjamin in 1715
At some point a man named Edward Teach (Thatch) became one of his most trusted crew
Some historians believe he was over 6ft tall
Many believe he had a very distinguishing black beard
May have been born in Bristol England in 1680
Was a privateer in the War of the Spanish succession
First documented evidence of him was from 1717
There was good evidence of his pirates days with Hornigold
We do not have much evidence of his life before Hornigold
By 1717 Blackbeard was commanding the Revenge which had been Captained by Stede
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