The famous pirate of Benjamin Hornigold.

BENJAMIN HORNIGOLD
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Who was Benjamin Hornigold?



Benjamin Hornigold is perhaps most famously known for his mentorship to Edward Teach, or Blackbeard. Hornigold was not only a pirate but later became a privateer, or pirate hunter.

Hornigold was a very successful pirate in his day. After the war was over, he set sail from New Providence and was captain of a very skilled crew. Among his crew were Edward Teach, and Samuel Bellamy, neither of who had reached the fame that they soon would. Hornigold grew particularly close to Teach and played a major role in shaping him into the great pirate he would someday be. To reward Teach for his abilities and skill, he gave him a small vessel and an entire crew that he could become captain of.

Later in 1717, Teach and Hornigold sailed together and conquered many ships in the Caribbean and American continent. It was when they were returning home from this trip that they conquered a ship called “Concorde.” This ship had twenty-six guns and was Hornigold’s greatest capture but it would also be his last one.

Hornigold left pirating to go to the Bahamas, where Woodes Rogers had just become governor and offered pardons for Caribbean pirates. Hornigold left Teach and the rest of his crew to go back and become a servant. Rogers thought very highly of him as Rogers became quite a good companion to him.

Hornigold soon became a privateer and his prime target became Charles Vane, an especially dangerous pirate at that time who had hung many other pirates from the Caribbean.

In 1719, Hornigold was travelling to Mexico on a simple trading voyage. The trip turned fatal when his ship became shipwrecked on a reef that was not close to any land. Hornigold was drowned along with the rest of the crew on his ship.


Benjamin Hornigold.

 The famous pirate of Benjamin Hornigold.

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