Blackbeard Quick Fact #1: What is Blackbeard’s real name?

In the days leading up to the release of Blackbeard’s Lost Treasure (April 28,2016 – Franklin/Kerr Press), I will give my readers–or anyone with interest in the legendary pirate–some notes I took as part of my research for the novel.

These notes will lay the background for Blackbeard, many of which did not make it into the novel. For the items that did make it into the novel, don’t worry, there will be no spoilers.

Much of the history of Blackbeard is shrouded in time and has had to be pieced together largely from second- and third-hand accounts. So for many items (year of birth, place of birth, his real name, etc.) are believed to be true by scholars. These are what I will present to you in this series.

Here is the first.

Blackbeard Quick Fact #1

Blackbeard’s actual name is believed to be Edward Teach (or Thatch). Many feel he was born in the busy port of Bristol, England around 1680. Bristol was the second-largest city in England at the time, thriving as a depot in the slave trade.

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