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Inspired by the new hit show “Our Flag Means Death”, we’re covering the most famous pirate in history: Blackbeard!

At the dawn of the 18th century, the Caribbean was ruled by roving bands of seaborne criminals who robbed and murdered with impunity. The British colony of the Bahamas even lost an entire island to pirate occupation as Nassau became home base for all of the most famous criminals ever to sail the seas.

Of all of these pirates, none had a more fearsome reputation – and none is better remembered today – than Blackbeard.

Born Edward Teach (maybe) in Bristol, England (probably), Blackbeard’s life is obscure before the blazing two-year crime spree that made him notorious around the world – and brought him to a violent early grave. This week, strap a bunch of pistols to your chest, tie some lit matches into your beard, and join Sean for an episode full of pillage, plunder, and a TON of Madeira wine.


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