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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 11,123,426 page views. His biography is available in 55 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 54 in 2019). Blackbeard is the 2nd most popular pirate, the 124th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 106th 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 25Before him are Hayreddin Barbarossa. After him are Henry Morgan, Eric of Pomerania, Alexander Selkirk, Anne Bonny, Bartholomew Roberts, Calico Jack, Mary Read, D. B. Cooper, William Kidd, and François l'Olonnais.

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

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Blackbeard ranks 124 out of 7,765Before him are Rowan Atkinson (1955), Edward Elgar (1857), Catherine Howard (1523), Brian May (1947), Mick Jagger (1943), and Lady Godiva (990). After him are Robert the Bruce (1274), William Gilbert (1544), Cary Grant (1904), Paul Dirac (1902), Christopher Lee (1922), and Joseph Priestley (1733).

Among PIRATES In United Kingdom

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