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ET 1Teach, Edward: The fearsome, archetypal pirate more commonly known as Blackbeard. Operating throughout the waters of the Caribbean Sea during the 18th century, he ruthlessly plundered merchant ships and fought fierce, running battles with the British navy.

Legend suggests that he also wore lit matches tied into his beard, the better to intimidate enemies. His reputation as a bloodthirsty pillager is well documented throughout history, and Teach happily revelled in his reputation as a barbarian. Although he accepted a pardon and eventually retired from piracy, his end came at the hands of Robert Maynard and his men; while fighting the Lieutenant, a naval soldier slit Blackbeard’s throat, severing his head – which hung from the bowspirit of the Adventure thereafter.

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