Benjamin Hornigold


Captain Benjamin Hornigold was a British pirate active in the Caribbean and North Atlantic from 1716 to 1717. Hornigold’s greatest claim to fame (or infamy) is that he taught the pirating ropes to Edward Teach, aka Blackbeard (d. 1718). Giving up his pirate activities in exchange for an official pardon, Hornigold was enlisted by the governor of the Bahamas to chase down other pirates, which he did with success. Captain Hornigold died on a desert island after being shipwrecked in 1719.

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