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Ocracoke is an island located in the outer banks of the state of North Carolina. It is most notable as the place where the pirate Edward Thatch was ambushed and killed by the Royal Navy in 1718, following his retirement.
The island had at one point been the site of the Roanoke English Colony, as ruined buildings, featuring an Elizabethan Era statue of Sir Walter Raleigh, were present a short distance away from the beach.
Despite the events of 1718, the island continued to be a favored pirate hideout until its official colonization by the British in 1750, when it became a trade point between the Bahamas and cities in the American Colonies, from Richmond to Boston.