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Edward Teach, known as Blackbeard, began his pirating career in 1713 – after the Spanish War of Succession. Within a few years, “Blackbeard” earned a as a pirate by plundering in the Caribbean Sea and North America. In 1718, he staged an infamous of Charleston, South Carolina - plundering ships, stealing riches, and ransoming . In November of 1718, , Blackbeard met his end in a naval battle off of the coast of Virginia - where the governor had placed a generous on his head.