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Pirate Bonnet Gives Up His Ship To Blackbeard! 

September 29, 1717: "Gentleman Pirate" Stede Bonnet, who has traded plantation life for a pirate ship, transfers command of his sloop, the Revenge, to Blackbeard. The Revenge is crewed by about 150 men and armed with 12 guns. Bonnet, recovering from serious wounds he and 30-40 of his crew received during an encounter with a Spanish man of war, sees the move as temporary. Reports of the time cite raids along the North American coast, including the capture of the 40 ton sloop Betty after a short fight near the Capes of Virginia. Bonnet and Blackbeard seize “Certain Pipes of Medera Wine and other Goods and Merchandizes” and then sink the Betty in retaliation for resisting the pirates. It is during this encounter that Blackbeard first adopts the lit fuses in his hair and a "three brace of pistols, hanging in holsters like bandoliers." LEARN MORE

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Blackbeard's Future Flagship Leaves Port!  September 28, 1717:La Concorde leaves Ouidah on the west coast of Africa with 516 enslaved men, women, and children, and 14 ounces of gold dust. While at port, the crew would have traded the goods they brought from Europe for enslaved peoples, and gathered supplies and prepared the ship for the trans-Atlantic journey. While there are no records of the activities of the crew of La Concorde before this final voyage, preparations often included modifications to the ship itself. Generally, a wall with iron spikes and holes for gunfire was built between the front living quarters of the crew and the rest of the ship to reduce the risk of an uprising. In the lower deck, a second floor at half-height was installed to increase the ship’s capacity for African captives. The hold would be filled with enough food and water for the crew and the Africans for the passage and a galley built on the main deck. The slave ship's voyage across the Atlantic …
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Pirate Stede Bonnet Attacked in NC! September 26-27, 1718: Stede Bonnet, 46 pirates, his sloop the Royal James, and two others were attacked by two eight-gun sloops, the Henry with 8 guns and 70 men captained by John Masters and the Sea Nymph, with 8 Guns and 60 men captained by Fayrer Hall, sent by governor Robert Johnson of South Carolina. The Battle of Cape Fear River, which occurred just South of Wilmington, NC at the mouth of the Cape Fear River, lasted nearly six hours and ended when the rising tide allowed the government troops to refloat their vessels while Bonnet was still hard aground. Bonnet and his pirates surrendered and were later taken to Charleston, SC on October 3, 1718. LEARN MORE

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Blackbeard's French Prize!



September 12, 1718: Blackbeard returns to North Carolina with the Rose Emelye, a French ship known as the "Sugar Ship" for it's cargo of sugar and cocoa, captured in Martinique. Thache claims to have found the ship abandoned at sea and claims the ship as salvage. At a hearing, Tobias Knight, North Carolina's chief justice and His Majesty's collector of customs, declares the vessel derelict, thus clearing Thache. After receiving sixty hogsheads of sugar governor Eden of North Carolina also agrees. Cargo taken from the "Sugar Ship" is then stored at a Bath Town warehouse rented by Tobias Knight, North Carolina's chief justice and His Majesty's collector of customs. Blackbeard and his crew spend much of September removing the cargo from the Rose Emelye for storage. Soon after, Thache claims the ship is leaking and is in danger of sinking and blocking the channel. He then took the vessel upriver and burned her to the wa…
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King George I has Enough of Piracy! September 5, 1717: Having had enough of the scourge of piracy King George I issues a royal decree, the Act of Grace; "By the King, A PROCLAMATION for the Suppressing of Pyrates Whereas we have received information, that several Persons, Subjects of Great Britain, have, since the 24th Day of June, in the Year of our Lord, 1715, committed divers Pyracies and Robberies upon the High-Seas, in the West Indies, or adjoyning to our Plantations, which hath and may Occassion great Damage to the Merchants of Great Britain, and others trading unto those Parts; and tho' we have appointed such a Force as we judge sufficient for suppressing the said Pyrates, yet the more effectually to put an End to the same, we have thought fit, by and with the Advice of our Privy Council, to Issue this our Royal Proclamation; the said Pyrates, shall on, or before, the 5th of September, in the year of our Lord 1718, surrender him or themselves, to one of our Principal Secr…