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In 1717, a British seaman named Edward Teach was awarded a ship called La Concorde for his promotion to fleet captain. He renamed this boat, a 300-ton frigate armed with 40 cannons, Queen Anne's Revenge. When Teach's commander in chief died, Teach acquired a knack for raiding helpless merchant ships.
If the ship surrendered, his men climbed aboard the merchant ship and retrieved the goods they wanted. If the ship resisted their pillaging, Edward Teach assured that all people aboard the ship were killed right away. This pirate is better known as Blackbeard rather than his birth name, Edward Teach.
Black Beard maintained headquarters in the Bahamas and the Carolina states. Off the coast of the North Myrtle beach, visitors still treasure hunt in hopes of recovering the booty from Queen Anne's Revenge. Long before Blackbeard, North Myrtle Beach was home to the Waccamaaw and Winyah Indians. Beginning in 1514, the Spanish started exploring South Carolina and the modern North Myrtle Beach area.
In 1880, a Conway businessman named F. G. Burroughs sought the 80,000 acres of Carolina Coast. By 1901, he founded New Town, the equivalent of the Myrtle Beach grand stand. His first hotel offered rooms for $2 and entire beach lots for $25. The first major swarms of tourists arrived with the construction of the Ocean Forest Hotel.
Since Hurricane Hazel obliterated almost all shops and cottages in 1954, it motivated investors to develop Myrtle Beach into more large-scale resorts and housing. It continues to develop today as more visitors are intrigued with the white sands and carefree lifestyle.