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The Great Dismal Swamp presented a refuge for 17th-century Europeans hoping to become independent. The first English explorer in the Albemarle area was Nathaniel Batts in 1660 and he settled in the region after purchasing land from the native population. Eventually this initial settlement developed into a community of male and female craftsmen function in cooperation with the native population and free of society's constraints.
Chased out of the Caribbean and Charles Town, South Carolina, autumn 1718, the dreaded buccaneer Blackbeard and his fleet needed a safe haven. They found one in the friendly Outer Banks of North Carolina. But authorities hunting pirates knew where to find them and other pirates and renegades.