the french shipping wars

Exposing the Real Treasure of the Infamous Pirate Blackbeard

Edward Teach is better known as Blackbeard. He was a notorious English pirate. Little is known about this early life, though he may have been a sailor on privateer ships before settling on the island of New Providence. This was a base for Captain Benjamin Hornigold, whose crew Teach joined sometime around 1716. Hornigold placed him in command of a sloop he had captured, and the two engaged in numerous acts of piracy. The search for the treasure of the infamous pirate continues to draw attention, although some archaeologists say that the real treasure has already been found.

HMS Augusta, HMS Dreadnought, and HMS Edinburgh, sporting 60, 60, and 64 guns a piece, take on four French ships of the line - including two 70 gun ships - and three frigates at the Battle of Cap-Français, off the coast of Saint-Domingue. With no sinkings, neither side could claim victory, but the British never-the-less trumpeted the engagement given the long odds they had faced.

(National Maritime Museum)