Blackbeard, born Edward Teach, is not only the principle antagonist in "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides." He's also one of the most legendary pirates ever to fly the Jolly Roger.
After spending the early days of his pirating career on the crew of Benjamin Hornigold, a privateer captain based out of New Providence, Teach rose through the ranks and eventually was given his own ship, a 300-ton frigate with 40 guns that he would christen Queen Anne's Revenge.
The name Blackbeard came from Teach's trademark long, black beard, within which he would tie several ribbons of different colors. He also wore three pairs of pistols across his chest in addition to the sword and small blades he kept as his side.
As the legend of Blackbeard grew and he continued to capture ships in the Caribbean, so did Blackbeard's wealth. Eventually Blackbeard even tried to retire from his pirating ways after receiving a pardon, selling his booty, abandoning his crew and settling in the American colonies.
Even in retirement, however, Blackbeard couldn't give up being a pirate and soon fell, once again, into the habit of plundering ships. Eventually, the then-Governor of Virginia, Alexander Spotswood, commissioned Lieutenant Robert Maynard, an experienced naval commander, to capture or kill Blackbeard.
Since Blackbeard had lost his flagship, Queen Anne's Revenge, prior to the battle, the pirate was short on firepower and men. The battle, which resulted in hand-to-hand combat between the navy and Blackbeard's men, included a fight between the two captains. Maynard eventually prevailed, but Blackbeard didn't go down easy. After he died, more than 20 wounds from gunshots and swords were found on his body.
With victory assured, Maynard placed Blackbeard's head at the bow of his ship as a trophy and warning to other would-be pirates.