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(2014) Lecture: What's Wrong with Blackbeard?

Maine Maritime Museum

Thursday, June 26, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT)

(2014) Lecture:  What's Wrong with Blackbeard?

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What's Wrong with Black Beard?

An Indictment of the Notorious Pirate's History and Some New Surprising Facts. 

The traditional historical interpretation of the notorious Black Beard, and the pop culture-Hollywood incarnations it has begotten, is among the more enduring historical hoaxes of colonial American history. Much of what the public knows about the infamous pirate simply isn’t true, nor is there documentary evidence to support it. To find the elusive truth of history, noted North Carolina research historian and author Kevin Duffus has delved deeper into the primary sources than anyone to discover a new, more accurate account that reveals the identity, origins, and motivations of Black Beard and his inner circle of cohorts. 

When the notorious pirate Black Beard departed Beaufort Inlet after purposely wrecking and abandoning the former slave ship he renamed Queen Anne's Revenge, his crew numbered 40 white men and 60 black men. Some pirate historians today tout the apparent racial diversity of Black Beard’s crew, marveling that 6 out of 10 of Black Beard’s pirates were black. But what those same pirate historians fail to note is that six months later, when Black Beard was killed at Ocracoke, he had aboard his sloop only six black men; the other fifty-four black men had been left behind at Bath. Where did they go? What was the status of blacks among Black Beard's pirates and were they treated as equals, servants or slaves? Where did they come from, what was their fate, and is it possible to find their descendants today? And most remarkable of all, what recently discovered document about the infamous black pirate Caesar strongly supports Duffus's assertion that Black Beard and his crew began their piratical adventures in North Carolina in 1716?


Join award-winning research historian, author, and filmmaker Kevin Duffus in an all-new multi-media presentation that lays bare the popular myths of Black Beard's widely-believed surname of Teach, his ferocity, his purported birthdate, his many houses, his many "wives," and his long-lost treasure. "What's Wrong With Black Beard" is as humorous as it is thought-provoking, as surprising as it is provocative, exposing one of the greatest myths of the Golden Age of Piracy.


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Maine Maritime Museum
243 Washington Street
Bath, ME 04530

Thursday, June 26, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM (EDT)

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