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Pirate costumes in modern pop culture do not represent how pirates looked when they were hunting their prey on the seas of Atlantic, many centuries ago. Their often subdued and rugged clothes were more flamboyant than regular naval crews worn during that time but was nowhere near close to the fashion style that is today closely connected with pirate lifestyle.
Article that covers duties aboard and describes chain of command used on most pirate ships.
Blackbeard's flag repesented a skeleton spearing the bleeding heart with one hand, and toasting the devil with another. Motives for flying such a flag was meant to intimidate enemies. This flag is often called the "Jolly Roger."
Blackbeard is without the doubt one of the most popular pirates of all time, and because of that his life and exploits were put under largest spotlight throughout the history. Here you can find many interesting facts about Blackbeard.