Washington, DC(RushPRnews)11/26/08-The Somali pirates who are holding a cargo ship and its crew for ransom off the coast of East Africa should pay heed to the fate of one of the worldâ€™s most notorious pirates â€” Edward Teach, also known as Blackbeard.
On March 2, 1719, The Boston News-Letter, the first successful newspaper in the British Colonies, printed a dramatic account of Blackbeardâ€™s bloody death on a sloop off the coast of North Carolina.
[Lieutenant Robert Maynard] and Teach themselves two begun the Fight with their Swords. Maynard making a thrust, the point of his Sword went against Teachâ€™s Cartridge-Box, and bended it to the Hilt. Teach broke the Guard of it, and wounded Maynardâ€™s Fingers but did not disable him, where upon he Jumpt back, threw away his Sword, and fired his Pistol, which wounded Teach. [Abraham] Demelt struck in between them with his Sword and cut Teachâ€™s Face pretty much; in the Interim both Companies ingaged in Maynardâ€™s Sloop. One of Maynardâ€™s Men being a Highlander, ingaged Teach with his broad Sword, who gave Teach a cut on the Neck. Teach saying, well done Lad, the Highlander replyâ€™d, if it be not well done, Iâ€™ll do it better. With that he gave him a second stroke, which cut off his Head, laying it flat on his Shoulder. â€¦ Teachâ€™s body was thrown overboard, and his Head put on the top of the Bowsprit.
This edition of The Boston News-Letter is currently on display in the News Corporation News History Gallery.
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