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for North Carolina Historical Review Vol. 95 Issue 2, April 2018
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When it comes to Blackbeard, Moore’s examination of documents compiled over the centuries reveal the task of truth-finding’s complexity. This comes from the lure of the myth as much as the mixture of facts and falsehoods since 1716, the date of the earliest known source mentioning Captain Edward Thatch.
The fragment of text recovered told a shard of the story about the Golden Age of Piracy. More of this story can be found in aspects explored such as ships associated with Captain Woodes Rogers, his South Sea voyages, books on Queen Anne’s Revenge, and further historical research about Blackbeard’s flagship.
A tale many times told is likely to cite Queen Anne’s Revenge as the ship’s name, less so to note its French origins. Kenney-Watkins adds another layer of truth to the tale by including its relatively unknown African history in her discussion of conservation efforts begun in 1996.
The site history, chiefly covered between 1996 to 2015, included analyses of the vessel and material remains. Represented in text, tables and maps, Morris revealed how the Queen Anne’s Revenge and artifacts were recovered and being conserved.
The year of Blackbeard’s death is part of a historical era commonly known as the Colonial period. Asserting the year is part of a historical era properly called the Golden Age of Privateering and Piracy, Butler reinforces this by profiling individuals from both groups.