Blackbeard Facts: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Jeremy Cook

I have been teaching elementary school for 16 years. I have extensive experience in lesson and curriculum development and educational technology.

Have your ever dreamed of sailing the high seas under a flag of the skull and crossbones? Pirates are pretty exciting to think about and no pirate is more famous than Blackbeard. This lesson will teach you all you need to know about this notorious swashbuckler.

Who Was Blackbeard?

Blackbeard was infamous during the height of piracy in the early 1700s. He was English and his real name was Edward Teach, which doesn't sound nearly as scary. He began his life at sea as a private in the British Navy before turning pirate after the war with Spain. Teach became a pirate because, at the time, life as an honest captain or sea merchant was very hard and dangerous work. It was much easier to become a pirate and take goods and gold from the honest sailors.

Blackbeard was actually named Edward Teach

Blackbeard's Pirate Life

For being as famous as Blackbeard is, his life as a pirate was very short. His pirate days were really just between the years of 1717 to 1718. How he got his name isn't a big mystery to be sure, but one thing he did do with that black beard of his was to put a fuse in his facial hair and light it when he was about to attack another ship. Many people claimed they thought that they were being attacked by the devil. He would sail the high seas under a black pirate flag with a white skeleton pointing a spear at a red heart. He flew the flag at the top of the mast of his prize ship, named the Queen Anne's Revenge. The ship was said to have had forty cannons on it and when Blackbeard attacked, he took everything on the ship. He would plunder ships from the Caribbean Sea up the Atlantic coast.

His ship was called the Queen Annes Revenge
Queen Anns Revenge

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