Blackbeard Facts for Kids | Blackbeard Biography

Learn about Blackbeard, aka Edward Teach, the famous 18th century pirate who sailed the Atlantic during the Golden Age of Piracy.

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Blackbeard Facts for Kids

blackbeard facts for kids

  • Real name: Edward Teach, or Edward Thatch
  • Born c. 1680 in Bristol, England
  • Died November 22, 1718, in North Carolina, United States
  • Pirated throughout the West Indies and the Eastern Coast of the American Colonies
  • The name “Blackbeard” comes from his thick black beard, and his fearsome appearance. He scared his enemies by tying lit fuses under his hat.

Blackbeard Facts Printable

blackbeard facts

Early Life

  • Born c. 1680 in Bristol, England
  • Moved to Jamaica and joined the Royal Navy.

Career as a Pirate

queen anne's revenge
Queen Anne’s Revenge – Blackbeard’s famous pirate ship.
  • Sailed on privateer ships during Queen Anne’s War.
  • Joined the crew of Captain Benjamin Hornigold around 1716. Hornigold place him in command of a sloop.
  • Captured a French merchant vessel and renamed her Queen Anne’s Revenge. Equipped the vessel with 40 guns
  • Formed an alliance of pirates and blocked the port of Charleston, South Carolina. Ransomed the inhabitants.
  • Ran the Queen Anne’s Revenge aground on a sandbar near Beaufort, North Carolina.
  • Received a royal pardon and settled in Bath Town, North Carolina. Soon, however, went back to sea.


  • Governor Alexander Spotswood of Virginia decided to put an end to his pirating.
  • Spotswood arranged a group of soldiers and sailors led by Lieutenant Robert Maynard to capture Blackbeard.
  • On November 22, 1718, Maynard’s soldiers fought against Blackbeard’s crew.
  • Blackbeard and several of his crew were killed.
  • In the battle, Blackbeard had been shot 5 times, and cut 20 times.
  • His head was suspended on the bowsprit of Maynard’s ship, so that a reward could be collected.

death of blackbeard

Additional Information

  • It is thought that Blackbeard used his fearful image rather than violence to rob his victims.
  • There is no recorded account that he ever harmed or murdered his captives.


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