Following Blackbeard's Trail: Historian Angus Konstam to speak Tuesday, Oct. 30

Historian Angus Konstam will share his expertise on the infamous pirate called Blackbeard at a free presentation Tuesday, Oct. 30, at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, 59200 Museum Drive, on Hatteras Island.

Angus Konstam has spent decades studying "The Golden Age of Piracy" — the brief period in the early 18th century when the likes of Edward Teach (or Blackbeard), Charles Vane, the gentleman pirate Stede Bonnet and others operated off the Carolinas.

On Tuesday, Oct. 30, Konstam will share his experiences on the pirate trail, both on the ground and in the historical records at a free presentation at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, 59200 Museum Drive, on Hatteras Island.

The event is at 2 p.m.

As the author of Blackbeard: America's Most Notorious Pirate (2008), he will focus on the activities of Edward Teach, revealing how evidence of his piratical career can be found in the British archives, and then used to follow his trail of destruction from the Bahamas to the West Indies and Honduras, and then on to the Carolinas. Angus has spent half a lifetime bringing pirate history to life. Now he'll be doing that for you, here in the museum.

Angus Konstam is a one of the world's leading experts on piracy, and the author of more than a hundred books. These include the award-winning "Blackbeard: America's Most Notorious Pirate, Piracy: the Complete History, The World Atlas of Piracy," and the best-selling "The History of Pirate."

If there's a pirate documentary on TV, the chances are that Angus has appeared in it. A Masters graduate of St. Andrews University, during his life he's been a naval officer, an underwater archaeologist, and a museum curator — working in both the Tower of London and Key West). He now works as a full time author and historian, living in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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