Blackbeard, the notorious pirate, has been a framework for pirate inspiration for centuries, such as Pirate’s Day in British primary schools, writings, books, movies and even explorers hoping to one day find his lost treasure.
Blackbeard, also thought to be Edward Teach (possibly Thatch or Thack), died at the early age of 38, though there is much debate over how he died, ranging from a sword fight to being shot by the Royal Navy.
It is said that Alexander Spotswood, the Governor of Virginia at the time, had Blackbeard’s headed mounted on a spike at the edge of the river near where he was killed. This was a stern warning to anyone considering piracy as a profitable career. The location was later christened Blackbeard point.
Blackbeard’s reign of terror over the seas he sailed only last two years, but in that time he and his crew managed to accumulate an enormous amount of treasure and an equally large number of casualties.
Some time after El Dorado and the fall of the Aztecs, the Spaniards were busy sweeping through South America and Mexico to acquire gold. Blackbeard would patiently wait until the treasure-filled ships made their way back to Spain and then attack them, slaughtering the crew with brutal torture and killing methods.
Over the two year span, Blackbeard and his assassins of the sea accumulated a vast amount of wealth and rumor has it that Blackbeard claimed to have hidden the treasure, but the location was never disclosed.
Countless searches have been deployed around the suspected areas, but it’s anyone’s guess where Blackbeard hid him treasure. Possible locations include North Carolina, the Caribbean Islands, Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay, and caves on the Cayman Islands.
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