Educational Resources on Blackbeard and Maritime History
Much confusion exists between the myth and reality of pirates during the 17th and 18th centuries.
To help educators integrate an accurate picture of Blackbeard into their curricula, we collected some of the holdings of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources that relate to pirates, Blackbeard, the Queen Anne's Revenge and underwater archaeology below.
Our educational initiatives have included interactive webcasts that connect students and educators with archaeologists from the QAR lab.
Take Your Class to Our Lab
Bring your class to visit the QAR Lab for free. While on your visit you and your students can view pieces of a real pirate ship, including a 12-foot anchor and parts of the hull structure itself, explore how archaeologists and conservators reveal mysteries of the sea through x-ray technology and much more.
A Biography of Blackbeard
Few figures from North Carolina history inspire as vivid an image in the popular imagination as Blackbeard. Check out an overview of his life story on NCpedia, originally published in the Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, to begin to separate fact from fiction.