More fun pirate facts:
Blackbeard's name is still well-known today. After several years of piracy, circa 1715, he was one of the most feared pirates around, his victims often giving up without a fight upon seeing him. He made himself look fierce -- he dressed often in a crimson coat, with two swords, and two bandoleers filled with knives and pistols. His bushy dark beard covered much of his face, and reportedly, he would put cannon fuses into his beard and hair and light them just before going into battle.
He was killed in 1718, in North Carolina, in a bloody battle with Royal Navy troops at Ocracoke Inlet. Blackbeard didn't fall easily -- reportedly, he suffered five wounds from muskets and at least twenty sword cuts before finally giving up the ghost.