Bath in Beaufort County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
"Blackbeard." Lived in
Bath while Charles
Eden was governor.
Killed at Ocracoke, 1718.
Erected 1968 by Archives and Highway Departments. (Marker Number B-47.)
Location. 35° 28.325′ N, 76° 48.865′ W. Marker is in Bath, North Carolina, in Beaufort County. Marker is on South Main Street near Front Street, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bath NC 27808, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Lawson (within shouting distance of this marker); Bath African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); John F. Tompkins (about 700 feet away); Alexander Stewart (approx. 0.2 miles away); John Garzia (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. Thomas Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Post Road (approx. ¼ mile away); First Public Library (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Bath.
Regarding Edward Teach. The “Golden Age of Piracy” flourished, if only briefly, along the North Carolina coast in the early eighteenth century. Foremost among the pirates was
Teach is reported to have served as a privateer during Queen Anne's War (1701 - 1714) and turned to
piracy sometime after the war. By the fall of 1717 Blackbeard was operating off Delaware and Chesapeake bays in conjunction with two other pirate captains, Benjamin Hornigold and Stede Bonnet. Late in the fall of 1717, the pirates made their way to the eastern Caribbean. It was there, off the island of Martinique, that Blackbeard and his fellow pirates captured the French slaveship La Concorde.
The 200-ton ship was armed with sixteen cannon and had a crew of seventy-five. On July 8, La Concorde arrived in present-day Benin. There the French crew took on a cargo of 516 captive Africans. The captain and officers also obtained about twenty pounds of gold dust for their own account. La Concorde took nearly eight weeks to cross the Atlantic and the hardships of the notorious Middle Passage took their toll on both the Africans and the French crew. By the time
The pirates took La Concorde to the Grenadines where the French crew and the enslaved Africans were put ashore. While the pirates searched La Concorde, the French cabin boy informed them of the gold dust that was aboard. The pirates seized the gold. The cabin boy and three of his fellow French crewmen voluntarily joined the pirates, and ten others were taken by force. Blackbeard with his new ship, renamed Queen Anne's Revenge, cruised the Caribbean taking prizes and adding to his fleet. In the Bay of Honduras Blackbeard captured the sloop Adventure. In May 1718, the pirates arrived off Charleston, South Carolina, with Queen Anne's Revenge and three smaller sloops. In perhaps the most brazen act of his piratical career, Blackbeard blockaded the port of Charleston for nearly a week.
Soon after leaving Charleston, Blackbeard's fleet attempted to enter Old Topsail Inlet in North Carolina, now known as Beaufort Inlet. During that attempt, Queen Anne's Revenge and the sloop Adventure
grounded on the ocean bar and were abandoned. Blackbeard's piratical career ended six months later at Ocracoke Inlet. There he encountered an armed contingent sent by Virginia Governor Alexander
Also see . . . Blackbeard. a notorious English pirate who operated around the West Indies and the eastern coast of the American colonies. (Submitted on April 28, 2013, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
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