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Edward Teach
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Vital statistics
Alias Blackbeard
Drummond
Title Captain
Gender Male
Status Dead
Ships Revenge
Relationships Charles Vane (Protégé; deceased)
Jack Rackham (Rival/Ally)
Anne Bonny (Rival/Ally)
James Flint (Enemy/Rival/Ally)
Appearances XIX.
Portrayed by Ray Stevenson
Gallery Edward Teach Gallery

Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard, is a fearsome pirate captain in command of the mighty ship, the Queen Anne's Revenge. Blackbeard will return to Nassau to settle some unfinished business, but a great deal has changed during his absence, and he will have to disrupt cemented alliances and challenge new ones to achieve the impossible.

Biography

Background

Edward Teach was one of the pirate captains who operated from New Providence Island at the beginning of the eighteenth century. He was one of the original co-writers of the Pirates Charter and the mentor of Charles Vane, who he sees as the son he never had. However, Vane became the lover of the black marketeer Eleanor Guthrie, and she convinced him to switch sides and to join with her. Teach had no choice but to leave Nassau, or kill Vane.

Blackbeard abandoned the life on the high seas and took the Royal Pardon, settling in the Colonies. Living in Virginia and Carolina under the false name Drummond, he was landed gentry, and was doing well. For eight years, he went through nine wives in search of a son. But he was just deeply unsatisfied, falling and succumbing to the society he left behind, with no heir apparent.

Season Three

In Bath, Carolina, Blackbeard learns that the Guthries have been deposed in Nassau. He decides the time is right to return to Nassau, and reconnect with his former protégé, Charles Vane, whom he regards as the son he never had. Before he can leave, the brothers of his latest wife, Mary, board his ship and demand that he keep his vow to their sister. Blackbeard kills them all with pistols shots.

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Blackbeard arrives in Nassau, and finds Vane in a tent near the fort. Vane is at first unclear of Teach's intentions, but Teach tells Vane that he forgives him for betraying him for Eleanor. Teach and Vane sit down with Jack Rackham to discuss their plans to defend Nassau from the approaching English fleet. Teach is less than impressed at Rackham's status as a partner, because he remembers Rackham as a scrawny crew member. He sees it as a sign that Nassau has become weak.

Rackham and Vane continue with their plan to defend Nassau without him. However, with the fort not yet finished, and their only true navel strategist Captain Flint missing, some are resigned to defeat. Blackbeard offers to step in and coordinate the pirate fleet, provided that Vane becomes his protégé again.

The pirates fight to save Nassau proves short-lived. Governor Rogers offers pardons to all pirates, save Vane, and most accept. Vane is trapped in the fort, with a price on his head. When Vane tries to fight his way to the docks, he is eventually outnumbered in an alleyway. Fortuitously, Blackbeard appears, and the two combine to fight their way to Blackbeard’s ship. That night, with English fleet blockading the harbour, Teach and Vane send a fire-ship straight at their line. Rogers’s fleet break their formation, allowing Blackbeard to sail away.

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Blackbeard and Vane capture a Spanish ship, and find Spanish intelligence notes that mention Vane, Nassau, and a spy within Rogers’s entourage. Flint eventually tracks them to Ocracoke Island, wanting Vane to rejoin him in retaking Nassau, and bring the fleet with him. Teach refuses to step aside lightly. To decide the matter, Flint and Teach choose to duel. Teach wins the duel, but before he can deal Flint a mortal blow, Vane steps in, having finally decided his loyalty. Vane fights off Teach to the point that Teach lays down his sword and orders them both off his island.

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Weeks later, Blackbeard and his fleet are still encamped on Ocracoke Island, when news reaches them that Charles Vane has been hanged in Nassau. Teach leads his fleet to the Maroon Island to confront Flint over his part in Vane’s death. However, when he arrives, Rackham persuades him join the fight against the English fleet. While the two fleets engage cannon fire, Anne Bonny leads a boarding party swimming unnoticed to capture one of the English ships. They open fire on the rest of the fleet, forcing them to retreat. The victory may have convinced Teach to respect Rackham.

Personality

Edward "Blackbeard" Teach’s piratical career is so notorious that the mere mention of his name strikes terror in honest men and pirates alike. He is an extremely dangerous fighter and an excellent tactician. Though all pirates use pistols, most carry one or two, he carries a brace of four of them. He also only respects captains with strength, like Vane and Flint, with no respect for the wits and cunning of Rackham.

He feels like Vane is the son he's never had, and bears him no ill will for his betrayal. He originally walked away from Nassau, because he would have been forced to kill him. Despite his seeming strength, he is dying from a piece of shrapnel in his chest, which is part of his reason for reconnecting with Vane.

Trivia

  • Blackbeard's famed flagship, Queen Anne's Revenge, was an English frigate refitted by the French. It has not yet appeared in the show, but since it was not captured until late 1717, the series may be striving to reflect history in this respect.
  • Evidence suggests that Blackbeard was finally killed by Lt. Maynard, he had been stabbed close to twenty times and shot five times.
  • Blackbeard got his name due to braiding his beard with lighted tapers so as to appear more fearsome to his victims.
  • In the show, he mentions having had nine wives, but the real Blackbeard may have as many as fifteen. So he still has six to go.
  • Israel Hands was famously the First Mate of Blackbeard.

Memorable Quotes

"Strife is good. Strife makes a man strong. For if a man is capable of confronting death daily, functioning in the face of it, there's no telling what else that man can do, and a man whose limits cannot be known is a very hard man to defeat in battle" Teach to Vane and Rackham.

Appearances

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