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1717Blackbeard ransacks the merchant sloop "Margaret" and keeps her captain, Henry Bostock, prisoner for 8 hours before releasing him. Bostock would later provide the first recorded of Blackbeard's appearance, with specific reference to his "very black beard", providing the source for his name

1717Blackbeard attacks a French merchant vessel called "La Concorde", which he would capture and rename as the "Queen Anne's Revenge"

1717 Historical Events
Date Event
Jan 4
Netherlands, England & France sign Triple Alliance 
Jan 5
Prussian King Frederik Willem I buys conscript for nobles 
Jan 14
German mob leader "Sjako" sentenced to death in Amsterdam 
Feb 1
Henri d'Aguesseau's 1st appointment as chancellor of France 
Mar 2
The Loves of Mars and Venus becomes the first ballet performed in England. 
Mar 31
A sermon on "The Nature of the Kingdom of Christ" by Benjamin Hoadly, the Bishop of Bangor, provoked the Bangorian Controversy. 
Jun 24
1st Free Masons' grand lodge founded in London 
Jul 17
Handel's "Water Music" premieres on the river Thames in London 
Jul 28
Prussian king Frederik Willem I gives compulsory education to 5-12 yrs 
Aug 16
Prince Eugenius of Savoye occupies Belgrade 
Aug 17
France, Russia & Prussia sign agreement 
Aug 22
Spanish troops lands on Sardinia 
Nov 28
Blackbeard attacks a French merchant vessel called "La Concorde", which he would capture and rename as the "Queen Anne's Revenge" 
Dec 5
Blackbeard ransacks the merchant sloop "Margaret" and keeps her captain, Henry Bostock, prisoner for 8 hours before releasing him. Bostock would later provide the first recorded of Blackbeard's appearance, with specific reference to his "very black beard", providing the source for his name 
Dec 25
Floods ravage Dutch coast provinces, thousands killed 
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