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Famous Pirates

Shiver me timbers! Here ye'll find the scurviest sea-dogs, scallywags and wenches of history, including Blackbeard, Anne Bonny, "Calico Jack" and more!

Biography of Edward "Blackbeard" Teach
Blackbeard the Pirate - whose real name was Edward Teach - has achieved legendary status. This ruthless pirate worked the Caribbean for about three years before coming to a bloody end. What are the facts about the most notorious of pirates?

Henry Every: The Pirate Who Kept His Loot
Henry Every was an English pirate who made one huge score - the Grand Mughal of India's treasure ship, in 1695. He retired with his wealth and was never heard from again, giving rise to many myths and legends.

Bartholomew "Black Bart" Roberts
Bartholomew "Black Bart" Roberts was the most successful pirate of the so-called "Golden Age of Piracy." It is estimated that he and his men captured and looted some 400 ships before he was killed in battle by pirate hunters in 1722.

Biography of Anne Bonny
Anne Bonny (1700-1782, exact dates uncertain) was a pirate who fought under the command of "Calico Jack" Rackham between 1718 and 1720. Together with fellow female pirate Mary Read, she was one of Rackham's more formidable pirates, fighting, cursing and drinking with the best of them. She was captured along with the rest of Rackham's crew in...

Biography of Mary Read
Mary Read was an English pirate who sailed with "Calico Jack" Rackham and fellow female pirate Anne Bonny. Read was captured in 1720 and died in prison.

Biography of John “Calico Jack” Rackham
John "Calico Jack" Rackham (1680?-1720) was an English pirate who sailed in the Caribbean and the Southeastern coast of the United States during the so-called "Golden Age of Piracy (1650-1725)." Rackham was not one of the more successful pirates, and most of his victims were fishermen and lightly armed traders. Nevertheless, he is remembered by...

Stede Bonnet, the Gentleman Pirate
Major Stede Bonnet (1688-1718) was the most unlikely of pirates. He had a family and a prosperous plantation on Barbados, and didn't know one end of a sloop from the other. But he was determined to become a pirate, so he bought himself a ship, hired a crew and set sail.

Biography of Francis Spriggs
Francis Spriggs (roughly 1690-1725) was an English pirate captain who raided shipping in the Caribbean from 1723-1725. Before becoming captain of...

Biography of Charles Vane
Charles Vane (1680? - 1721) was an English pirate who was active in the Caribbean and the southeast coast of the United States during the first part of the eighteenth century, sometimes referred to as the "Golden Age of Piracy." A close associate of other ruthless buccaneer commanders such as Blackbeard and Stede Bonnet, Vane distinguished...

Biography of Howell Davis
Howell Davis was a Welsh pirate who raided shipping in the Caribbean and the western coast of Africa in 1718-1719. He was a charismatic captain and treated his victims relatively humanely. Davis was a very clever pirate who preferred ruses and deception to outright force.

Biography of Edward Low
Edward "Ned" Low was an English criminal, sailor and pirate. He took up piracy sometime around 1722 and was very successful, plundering dozens if...

John Phillips, Ruthless Pirate of the Atlantic
Captain John Phillips (1690? - 1724) was a ruthless pirate leader who captured several ships in the Caribbean and along the North American coast in 1723-1724. He was killed when prisoners and forced pirates on board mutinied.

Biography of Pirate George Lowther
George Lowther was an English pirate active from 1721 to 1723. Although he was relatively successful, he never became as famous as other pirates like Blackbeard. His final fate is unclear, but it is thought that he took his own life after being marooned on an island.

Sir Walter Raleigh
Sir Walter Raleigh (1552-1618) was an English courtier, writer, poet, explorer and sailor. He was a favorite of Queen Elizabeth I and is remembered for his quest to find the legendary city of El Dorado.

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