Teach, Edward 'Blackbeard' b. 1680 d. November 22, 1718 Pirate Captain. Best known as "Blackbeard", he was born about 1680 in Bristol, England, little is known about his early life. About 1716 he met his first real pirate, Benjamin Hornigold, who took him on as his apprentice and taught him the pirating trade. In late 1717, the English King gave a pardon to all pirates who gave up their trade, and Hornigold decided to retire, leaving Teach on his own. Taking a recently captured merchant ship "Concord", he refitted it as a pirate ship with 40 guns...[Read More] (Bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson) Coco Cay Island*, Ragged Island, Bahamas *This location is unconfirmed or in dispute.