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8 real pirate havens worth a visit

By: Josh Lew on Aug. 5, 2014, 10:08 a.m.
Ocracoke beach

Photo: Corey Balazowich/Flickr

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Ocracoke, North Carolina

This tiny island on North Carolina's Outer Banks was a favorite hideout of the famous pirate Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard. During the early 1700s, Teach and his fellow pirates anchored here often because the island was completely unsettled but very near a major shipping channel.

The trees, dunes and grasses on shore allowed Teach's lookouts to remain unseen and spot merchant ships traveling up the coast to the newly formed American colonies. Today, the places where the pirates stayed are all part of the Springer's Point Nature Preserve. A museum and shops with pirate memorabilia celebrate the connection that this little island has with one of history's most famous and fearsome pirates.