North Carolina Historian, Writer and Filmaker Kevin Duffus will talk about his book, The Last Days of Black Beard, on Thursday, December 8 at 6 pm at the Old Exchange Building and Provost Dungeon on 122 East Bay St. in Charleston.
Duffus discussed the upcoming talk, and his theory that Blackbeard was not from Bristol, England, but in fact from Goose Creek, SC, in an article in yesterday's Post and Courier.
According to the article, "almost everything we know about the origins of the famous pirate Blackbeard comes from a seven-word phrase in an 18th-century book: 'Edward Teach was a Bristol man born.'"
Duffus disputes that theory, arguing that it made no sense that a man from Bristol name his ship -- the Queen Anne's Revenge -- for a Stuart monarch, or have a crew largely from the colonies or be "so solicitous of Stede Bonnet, a Barbadian pirate he allegedly had just met."
Duffus theorizes that Blackbeard was Edward 'Black' Beard, a son of Captain James Beard, and was likely born at Goose Creek sometime around 1690.
Duffus will detail his evidence during his December 8 talk, and while he still hopes for some evidence that proves his theory conclusively, he admits it's a longshot.
You can read the full Post and Courier article here
If you go:
What: Kevin Duffus talks about his book on the final days of Blackbeard
When: 6 p.m. Thursday, December 8
Where: Old Exchange Building and Provost Dungeon, 122 East Bay St.
Cost: Free, but a $3 donation is requested