There is a lot to be said about the privateer Blackbeard, a figure of both legend and history. He was indeed a genuine pirate who hijacked ships and their cargo, and at one point sought pardon from the Governor of North Carolina, Governor Eden, and it was granted, but apparently Blackbeard got bored, and went back to pirating. The man by all accounts cut a fearsome figure— with a long black beard tied in knots…. The restaurant in Bath where we had lunch remembers him fondly…. It is not clear how many doubloons Blackbeard left behind, but the museum does have a replica of his trunk….
Here is the helpful Wiki summary of Teach’s life…. accessed July 2, 2016….
“Edward Teach or Edward Thatch (c. 1680 – 22 November 1718), better known as Blackbeard, was a notorious English pirate who operated around the West Indies and the eastern coast of the American colonies. Although little is known about his early life, he was probably born in Bristol, England. Recent genealogical research indicates his family moved to Jamaica where Edward Thatch, Jr. is listed as being a mariner in the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Windsor in 1706. He may have been a sailor on privateer ships during Queen Anne’s War before settling on the Bahamian island of New Providence, a base for Captain Benjamin Hornigold, whose crew Teach joined sometime around 1716. Hornigold placed him in command of a sloop he had captured, and the two engaged in numerous acts of piracy. Their numbers were boosted by the addition to their fleet of two more ships, one of which was commanded by Stede Bonnet, but toward the end of 1717 Hornigold retired from piracy, taking two vessels with him.
A shrewd and calculating leader, Teach spurned the use of force, relying instead on his fearsome image to elicit the response he desired from those he robbed. Contrary to the modern-day picture of the traditional tyrannical pirate, he commanded his vessels with the permission of their crews and there is no known account of his ever having harmed or murdered those he held captive. He was romanticised after his death and became the inspiration for pirate-themed works of fiction across a range of genres.”