This story opens in the summer of 1718, which was essentially the beginning of the end for Edward Teach aka "Blackbeard."
Per usual, Blackbeard was wreaking havoc all over the place and only took a slight hiatus when his prized Queen Anne's Revenge ran aground off the Carolina coast.
Blackbeard bolted with a bunch of loot but ended up returning to his hideaway a few months later to host an epic pirate party.
Word got out about this pirate shindig and the Governor of Virgina, fed up with Blackbeard's nonsense, decided to put an end to the infamous pirate's reign by calling in the Royal Navy.
So, Blackbeard and the British naval forces obviously sparred.
Here's the gangster part, Blackbeard was shot five times and stabbed 20 times and was somehow still fighting.
He eventually died, was decapitated, and his head was hung from the bowsprit of a ship as a warning to other pirates.