Was the famous pirate Blackbeard a “bloodthirsty rogue” or a “hapless marionette” caught in a web of political machinations?
Author Kevin Duffus argues that the latter interpretation is closer to the truth. He explains why in the book The Last Days of Black Beard the Pirate, and he offered the John Locke Foundation’s Shaftesbury Society a glimpse today at the results of his research. In the video clip below, Duffus dispels some popular myths involving Blackbeard and hints at a strong connection between Blackbeard and the colony of North Carolina.
At the speaker’s request, video of the full presentation is not available.