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Blackbeard Killed But....! 
November 24, 1718: Governor Alexander Spotswood, not knowing that Thache had already been killed, harangued the burgesses at Williamsburg, requests a "speedy and Effectual Measures for breaking up that Knott of Robbers." What followed was the Act to Encourage the Apprehending and Destroying of Pyrates which offered a £100 reward for the death or capture of Blackbeard. "Publishing the Rewards Given for Apprehending or Killing Pirates.
WHEREAS, by an Act of Assembly, made-at a Session of Assembly, begun at the Capital in Williamsburg, the eleventh day of November in the fifth year of His Majesty's Reign, entitled An Act to Encourage the Apprehending and Destroying of Pirates: It is amongst other things enacted, that all and every person or persons, who, from and after the fourteenth day of November, in the Year of Our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighteen, and before the fourteenth day of November, which shall be in the Year of our Lor…
Blackbeard Breathes His Last!
November 22, 1718: Lt. Robert Maynard's troops on board the Jane and the Ranger, approach Blackbeard's sloop Adventure[II] and the pirates open fire. Maynard's crew, not equipped with artillery, answers with musket fire and then hides below decks in a ruse to lure the pirates aboard the English vessel. Maynard later wrote of Thache that "at our first Salutation, he drank Damnation to me and my Men, whom he stil'd Cowardly Puppies, saying, He would neither give or take Quarter." Believing they've won the battle, the pirates board the Jane and are overpowered by crewmen bursting from the hold where they are hiding. During the fighting a contemporary account describes the sea around the vessel as being "tinctur'd with Blood." As Maynard and Blackbeard came face to face the pirate received a pistol shot while swinging his heavy cutlass and snapping Maynard's sword. Just as Thache was about to press h…
Blackbeard's Shipwreck Found!

November 21, 1996: Intersal Inc., a private research firm working under permit from the state of North Carolina, discovers the wreck believed to be the Queen Anne’s Revenge (QAR). The shipwreck was discovered by Intersal staff using historical research provided by Intersal's president, Phil Masters and maritime archaeologist David Moore. The initial recovery included a bronze bell inscribed with the date of 1705, the brass barrel of a blunderbuss (circa 1690-1710), a lead cannon apron, a lead sounding weight, and two iron cannonballs. Subsequent excavations have resulted in the recovery of 23 cannon and thousands of artifacts, all supporting the conclusion that the wreck is the Queen Anne's Revenge. The shipwreck lies in 28 feet (8.5m) of water about one mile (1.6 km) offshore of Fort Macon State Park. READ MORE

Trouble On The Horizon!

November 17, 1718: Virginia Governor Alexander Spotswood provides funds for the hire of two light, fast sloops, which then sail out of the Chesapeake Bay and into the Atlantic, setting a course for Ocracoke Inlet, NC and a confrontation with Blackbeard. READ MORE

Blackbeard Captures His New Flagship!

November 17, 1717: The French slaver La Concorde encounters Blackbeard off the coast of Saint Vincent. During the voyage sixty-one slaves and sixteen crewmen expire. Blackbeard and his pirates, aboard two sloops, one with 120 men and twelve cannon, and the other with thirty men and eight cannon, capture the frigate after firing "two volleys of cannons and musketry." The pirates leave the Frenchmen the smaller of Thach's two sloops. Thach forces the three surgeons on board, carpenters and a cook to remain with his pirate crew. The displaced Frenchmen rename the sloop the Mauvaise Rencontre (Bad Meeting), and make sail for Martinique. Blackbeard offloads La Concorde's 455 slaves, crew and cargo in Bequia where the slaves are later recaptured by the returning crew of the Mauvaise Rencontre. Thache then renames La Concorde the Queen Anne's Revenge and equips her with 40 guns. READ MORE

Dredging For History!  You can't recover artifacts from the Queen Anne's Revenge - Blackbeard wreck site without digging some serious holes. Here archaeologists use an induction dredge to remove several feet of sand over the artifact layer on Blackbeard's wreck. From the Nautilus Productions LLC stock footage collection. WATCH VIDEO
Blackbeard's Accomplice On Trial!
November 10, 1718 - Blackbeard's accomplice and pirate, Stede Bonnet, is brought to trial before Sir Nicholas Trott, sitting in his capacity as Vice-Admiralty judge in Charleston, SC. Trott had already sat in judgment of Bonnet's crew and sentenced most of them to hang. Bonnet was formally charged with only two acts of piracy, against the Francis and the Fortune, whose commanders were on hand to testify against Bonnet in person. Ignatius Pell (Bonnet's boatswain) had turned King's evidence in the trial of Bonnet's crew and now testified, somewhat reluctantly, against Bonnet himself. Bonnet pleaded not guilty and conducted his own defense without assistance of counsel, cross-examining the witnesses to little avail, and calling a character witness in his favor. Trott rendered a damning summation of the evidence, and the jury delivered a guilty verdict. Two days later, after treating the convicted man to a stern lecture on his vio…