1680 - 1718

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Edward Teach (alternatively spelled Edward Thatch, c. 1680 – 22 November 1718), better known as Blackbeard, was an English pirate who operated around the West Indies and the eastern coast of Britain's North American colonies. Little is known about his early life, but he may have been a sailor on privateer ships during Queen Anne's War before he settled on the Bahamian island of New Providence, a base for Captain Benjamin Hornigold, whose crew Teach joined around 1716. Hornigold placed him in command of a sloop that he had captured, and the two engaged in numerous acts of piracy. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Blackbeard has received more than 7,472,701 page views. His biography is available in 54 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 53 in 2019). Blackbeard is the 2nd most popular pirate, the 107th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 90th in 2019) and the most popular British Pirate.

Blackbeard was a notorious pirate who terrorized the Atlantic coast of North America and the Caribbean during the early 18th century. He captured more than 40 ships and became one of the wealthiest pirates in history.

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Among pirates, Blackbeard ranks 2 out of 25. Before him are Hayreddin Barbarossa. After him are Henry Morgan, Eric of Pomerania, Alexander Selkirk, Anne Bonny, Calico Jack, Mary Read, D. B. Cooper, Bartholomew Roberts, William Kidd, and Henry Every.

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Among people born in 1680, Blackbeard ranks 1After him are Benjamin Hornigold, Charles Vane, Catherine Opalińska, Richard Cantillon, James Anderson, Archduchess Maria Elisabeth of Austria, Ferdinand Albert II, Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, Saliha Sultan, Ephraim Chambers, Princess Luise Dorothea of Prussia, and Johann Baptist Zimmermann. Among people deceased in 1718, Blackbeard ranks 2Before him is Charles XII of Sweden. After him are Alexei Petrovich, Tsarevich of Russia, William Penn, Mary of Modena, Stede Bonnet, Vincenzo Coronelli, Philippe de La Hire, Jacques Ozanam, and Charles, Prince of Anhalt-Zerbst.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Blackbeard ranks 107 out of 6,924. Before him are David Bowie (1947), T. E. Lawrence (1888), George Harrison (1943), George V (1865), Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson (1758), and Aldous Huxley (1894). After him are Ridley Scott (1937), Henry VI of England (1421), Elton John (1947), Alan Rickman (1946), Edward VII (1841), and J. J. Thomson (1856).

Among PIRATES In United Kingdom

Among pirates born in United Kingdom, Blackbeard ranks 1After him are Henry Morgan (1635), Alexander Selkirk (1676), Calico Jack (1682), Mary Read (1695), Bartholomew Roberts (1682), William Kidd (1645), Henry Every (1659), Benjamin Hornigold (1680), Charles Vane (1680), Edward Low (1690), and Samuel Bellamy (1689).