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Top 10 Infamous Pirates

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Piracy is a robbery committed at sea, or sometimes on the shore, by an agent without a commission from a sovereign nation. Historical piracy has given us many symbols recognized the world around, such as the Jolly Roger flag, and the eye-patch. This is a list of the ten most infamous pirates through history.

1. Edward Lowe, London [Born: Late 1600s; Died: 1723 or 1724]

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Edward Lowe was born in Westminster, London, England. As he grew older, Lowe tired of pickpocketing and thievery, and left England for Boston. At first he worked honestly as a rigger, but in May 1722 he joined a gang of men on a sloop headed for Honduras, where they planned to steal a shipment of logs for resale in Boston. Following a failed mutiny, however, Lowe and his friends were forced to leave the boat. A day later, Lowe led the gang in taking over a small sloop, and officially turned pirate determined “to go in her, make a black Flag and declare War against all the World.”

Lowe was a success as a pirate. In one early notable raid, he attacked 13 New England fishing vessels sheltering at anchor in Port Roseway. As Lowe’s success increased in the Caribbean, so did his notoriety. After heading to the Azores, Lowe became particularly noted for his brutality and sadism, which included acts such as cutting off a victim’s lips, cooking them, and forcing the victim to eat them.

There are two conflicting stories about his death: One states that Edward Lowe and his ship, the Fancy, were last sighted in July 1723, near the Canaries and Guinea, and it is believed his boat sank in a storm, with the loss of all hands. A second states that Lowe was sent adrift by his own crew, and was rescued by a French ship who tried and hanged him in 1724 after learning his identity.

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2. Thomas Tew, Northamptonshire, England [Born: ?; Died: 1695]

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Born in England, Tew’s family moved to Rhode Island when he was a youth. Although he embarked on only two major piratical voyages, and met a bloody death on the latter journey, Tew pioneered the route which became known as the Pirate Round. Many other famous pirates, including Henry Every and William Kidd, would follow in Tew’s path. Tew first attach was in the Red Sea, where he ran down a large ship en route from India to the Ottoman Empire, some time in late 1693. Despite its enormous garrison of 300 soldiers, the Indian ship surrendered without serious resistance, inflicting no casualties on the assailants. Tew’s pirates helped themselves to the ship’s rich treasure, worth £100,000 in gold and silver alone, not counting the value of the ivory, spices, jewels and silk taken.

In September, 1695, a 25-ship Mughal convoy approached the Mandab Strait, slipping past the pirates during the night. Tew and his fellow pirates pursued. The Amity overtook one of the Mughal ships, believed to be the Fateh Muhammed, and attacked it. Tew was killed in this battle, reportedly disemboweled by a cannon shot.

Thomas Tew’s sea chest is the only known sea chest with its origins leading back to a pirate, and can be seen in Pirate Soul Museum, a pirate themed museum in the Florida Keys.

3. Calico Jack, London [Born: 1682 Died: 1720]

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John Rackham (Calico Jack) is remembered for employing two of the most notorious female pirates of his time – Anne Bonny and Mary Read – in his crew. He and most of his crew were executed in Jamaica. Jack became captain when the crew of the ship of Charles Vane mutinied. On the day that he was made captain, he plundered several small vessels, earning him a good reputation with the crew. Once, while drinking in a local tavern, he met a woman named Anne Bonny. He decided to court her, and eventually asked if she would like to come along pirating with them. She agreed and dressed as a man so the crew would take little notice in her.

One day, they raided a small merchant vessel near the West Indies. Most of the crew had been killed and they had one man cornered. They asked if the man would join their crew rather than be run through with a cutlass, an offer to which he agreed. Bonny befriended the young man, and became his constant companion, igniting Rackham’s jealousy. He confronted the man, who admitted to being a woman in disguise. The new sailor was, in fact, Mary Read.

Governor Woodes Rogers had learned Rackham had stolen an anchored ship in Nassau harbor. He sent two large ships with 45 men to find the thief. Captain Johnathan Barnet caught up with the stolen ship. Rackham immediately set sail trying to escape. When the pursuers caught up with them, most of the pirates took cover below deck but Bonny and Read fought on. It was a hopeless fight and they were captured. Rackham and 11 members of his crew were sentenced to death. Bonny and Read, both pregnant, were jailed.

4. Blackbeard, Bristol, England [Born: 1680; Died: 1718]

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Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard, was a notorious English pirate in the Caribbean Sea during the early 18th century, a period of time referred to as the Golden Age of Piracy. His best known vessel was the Queen Anne’s Revenge, which is believed to have run aground near Beaufort Inlet, North Carolina in 1718.

Blackbeard often fought, or simply showed himself, wearing a big feathered tricorn, and having multiple swords, knives, and pistols at his disposal. It was reported in the General History of the Pirates that he had hemp and lighted matches woven into his enormous black beard during battle. Accounts of people who saw him fighting say that they thought he “looked like the devil” with his fearsome face and the smoke cloud around his head. This image, which he cultivated, has made him the premier image of the seafaring pirate.

Blackbeard would plunder merchant ships, forcing them to allow his crew to board their ship. The pirates would seize all of the valuables, food, liquor, and weapons. Ironically, despite his ferocious reputation, there are no verified accounts of him actually killing anyone. He generally prevailed by fear alone. Despite being pardoned, a group of men went after him in order to win a £100 bounty. Teach was reportedly shot five times and stabbed more than twenty times before he died and was decapitated. Legends about his death immediately sprang up, including the oft-repeated claim that Teach’s headless body, after being thrown overboard, swam between 2 and 7 times around the Adventure before sinking.

5. Bartholomew Roberts, Pembrokeshire, Wales [Born: 1682; Died: 1722]

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Born John Roberts, Bartholomew Roberts, also known as Bart Roberts, was a Welsh pirate who raided shipping off the Americas and West Africa between 1719 and 1722. He was the most successful pirate of the Golden Age of Piracy, capturing far more ships than some of the best-known pirates of this era such as Blackbeard or Captain Kidd.

His first act as a pirate captain was to lead his crew to Príncipe to avenge the death of his old captain Howell Davis. Roberts and his crew sprang onto the island in the darkness of night, killed a large portion of the male population, and stole all items of value that they could carry away. Soon afterwards he captured a Dutch Guineaman, then two days later an English ship called the Experiment.

Roberts was the archetypal pirate captain in his love of fine clothing and jewelry, but had some traits unusual in a pirate, notably a preference for drinking tea rather than rum. Black Bart was not as cruel to prisoners as some pirates, such as Edward Lowe, but did not treat them as well as did Howell Davis or Edward England. Captain Roberts was killed by grapeshot cannon fire, which struck him in the throat, while he stood on the deck. Before his body could be captured by Ogle, Roberts’ wish to be buried at sea was fulfilled by his crew, who weighted his body down and threw his body overboard after being tied in his ship’s sail. It was never found. Some consider his death to mark the end of the Golden Age of Piracy.

6. William Kidd, Greenock, Scotland [Born: 1645; Died: 1701]

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William “Captain” Kidd is best remembered for his trial and execution for piracy after returning from a voyage to the Indian Ocean. Some modern historians deem his piratical reputation unjust, as there is evidence that Kidd acted only as a privateer. His fame springs largely from the sensational circumstances of his questioning before the English Parliament and ensuing trial.

Kidd started out as a privateer, but after a series of unfortunate events he became a wanted pirate. On January 30, 1698, he raised French colors and took his greatest prize, an Armenian ship, the 400 ton Quedah Merchant, which was loaded with satins, muslins, gold, silver, an incredible variety of East Indian merchandise, as well as extremely valuable silks. With the loyal remnant of his crew, he returned home aboard the Adventure Prize.

Bellomont, an investor, lured Kidd into Boston with false promises of clemency, then ordered him arrested on July 6, 1699. Kidd was placed in Stone Prison, spending most of the time in solitary confinement. His wife, Sarah, was also imprisoned. The conditions of Kidd’s imprisonment were extremely harsh, and appear to have driven him at least temporarily insane. He was moved to London and tried without representation and was shocked to learn at trial that he was charged with murder. He was found guilty on all charges (murder and five counts of piracy) and was hanged on May 23, 1701, at ‘Execution Dock’, Wapping, in London.

7. Edward England [Born: ?; Died: 1720]

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Edward England, born Edward Seegar in Ireland, was a famous African coast and Indian Ocean pirate from 1717 to 1720. The ships he sailed on included the Pearl and later the Fancy, for which England exchanged the Pearl in 1720. His flag was the classic Jolly Roger with a skull above two crossed thigh bones on a black background.

He differed from many other pirates of his day in that he did not kill captives unless it was absolutely necessary. However, this ultimately led to his downfall, for his crew mutinied against him when he refused to kill sailors from the Cassandra, an English trading ship, captained by James Macrae. He was subsequently marooned on Mauritius with two other crew members, where they fashioned a small raft and made it to St. Augustine’s Bay in Madagascar. England survived for a short while by begging for food and died around the end of 1720.

8. Henry Morgan, Glamorgan, Wales [Born: 1635; Died: 1688]

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Morgan was a Welsh privateer, who made a name in the Caribbean as a leader of buccaneers. He was among England’s most notorious and successful privateers. In 1667, Morgan was commissioned to capture some Spanish prisoners in Cuba in order to discover details of the threatened attack on Jamaica. Collecting ten ships with five hundred men, Morgan landed on the island and captured and sacked Puerto Principe, then went on to take the fortified and well-garrisoned town of Portobelo, Panama. It is said that Morgan’s men used captured Jesuits as human shields in taking the third, most difficult fortress.

He recaptured the island of Santa Catalina on December 15, 1670, and on December 27, he gained possession of the castle of Chagres, killing three hundred of the garrison. Then with one thousand four hundred men he ascended the Chagres River, some of the worst swampland in the area. When his force finally appeared outside of Panama they were very weakened and tired.

Morgan had lived in an opportune time for pirates. He was successfully able to use the conflicts between England and her enemies both to support England and to enrich himself and his crews. With his death, the pirates that would follow would also use this same ploy, but with less successful results. He also was one of the few pirates who was able to retire from his piracy, having had great success, and with little legal retribution.

9. Stede Bonnet, Bridgetown, Barbados [Born: 1688; Died: 1718]

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Stede Bonnet was an early 18th century English pirate, sometimes called the “the gentleman pirate”, since he had lived as a moderately wealthy landowner before turning to a life of crime. In the summer of 1717, with no prior shipboard life, he decided to become a pirate. He bought a sailing vessel, named it Revenge, and traveled with his crew along the American eastern seaboard, capturing other vessels and burning down Barbadian ships.

He set sail for Nassau, but en route, he was seriously wounded in an encounter with a Spanish warship. Bonnet met the infamous pirate Blackbeard in Nassau. Incapacitated to lead his crew, he temporarily ceded his ship’s command to Blackbeard. Before separating in December 1717, Blackbeard and Bonnet plundered and captured merchant ships along the East Coast.

In August 1718, Bonnet anchored his ship on an estuary of the Cape Fear River to repair and careen the ship. In late August-September, Colonel William Rhett, with the authorization of South Carolina governor Robert Johnson, led a naval expedition against pirates on the river. Bonnet was brought to trial and charged with two acts of piracy. He was found guilty and hanged in Charleston on December 10, 1718.

10. Henry Every, Plymouth, England [Born: 1653; Dissapeared: 1696]

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Henry Every or Avery was a pirate whose aliases included John Avary, Long Ben, and Benjamin Bridgeman. He is most famous for being apparently one of the few major pirate captains to retire with his loot without being arrested or killed in battle. Every was a sailor from youth, serving on various Royal Navy ships. Accounts of uncertain veracity place him aboard the English fleet bombarding Algiers in 1671, buccaneering in the Caribbean Sea, and captaining a logwood freighter. By the early 1690s he had entered the Atlantic slave trade, in which he was known to buy slaves on the West African coast, then seize the slave traders themselves and chain them in his ship’s hold alongside their former captives.

Every only made one voyage in his capacity as a pirate captain. But in that single journey he succeeded in committing, as Fraser puts it, “the single richest crime in history.” In August, 1694, Every and this ship, the Fancy, reached the Mandab Strait, where he teamed up with four other pirate ships, including Thomas Tew’s sloop Amity. Every and his men attacked the Fateh Muhammed, which had earlier repulsed an attack by the Amity, killing Captain Tew. Perhaps intimidated by the Fancy’s 46 guns or weakened by their earlier battle with Tew, the Fateh Muhammed’s crew put up little resistance, and Every’s pirates sacked the ship for £50,000 worth of treasure.

Every then sailed in pursuit of the Ganj-I-Sawai, overtaking her about eight days out of Surat. After a violent battle, Every took the ship. The loot from the Ganj-I-Sawai totalled between £325,000 and £600,000, including 500,000 gold and silver pieces. Unable to buy a pardon from the governor of Jamaica, Every’s crew split up, some heading to North America, while the majority, including Every, returned to Britain aboard the sloop Isaac, landing in Ireland. Although 24 of his men were caught, many soon after disembarking, Every was never seen again. His last words to his men were a litany of conflicting stories of where he planned to go, doubtless intended to throw pursuers off his trail.

Notable omissions: Francis Drake (privateer)

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Jamie is the owner and chief-editor of Listverse. He spends his time working on the site, doing research for new lists, and collecting oddities. He is fascinated with all things historic, creepy, and bizarre.

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  • RobS

    So, which pirate was it that supposedly left his treasure buried in some timbered pit on some island, where they’ve attempted to dig it up but they’ve gone quite deep and haven’t found anything notable yet?
    I read something about this several years ago (And have forgotten most of what I read. I’d Google it, but my Google Fu isn’t that good with something as imprecise as this).

  • RobS: that has been discussed recently on the Another 10 unsolved mysteries. It is called Oak Island. See comment 40 on that page. I think some guy thought it was Kidd’s treasure but that was actually recovered while he was alive and sent to England as evidence against him. Kidd actually left his treasure on Gardiner’s Island.

  • RobS

    Thanks, Jamie.
    Oak Island, that’s the one.
    I remember reading a fiction novel about the treasure a few years ago. One of the treasures in the pit was a sword made by the Knights Templar, I believe, and it was made out of a piece of meteorite. Problem was, it was intensly radioactive and had irradiated the entire treasure, rendering it untouchable.


  • RobS: that sounds like something from Repo Man.

  • mix2323

    i want to be a pirate when i grow up if only

  • mix: I never wanted to be as a kid, but doing the research for this list really made me start thinking how cool it would be! Arrr!

  • Yarr

    Seriously dude,
    Most of your lists are pretty cool, but how the hell did you rank these?
    Calico Jack didn't do much of anything but have chicks on board. Then he got greased.
    Kidd wasn't really even a pirate… Next!
    Bonnet before Morgan???
    Check out a book called "Empire Of Blue Water" It tells the (true) story of Morgan and his Carribean adventures. He was truly a badass. And being such said badass, he became the governor of Jamaica. And he has freakin' RUM named after him!!!
    At best this list is out of order. Blackbeard was the shit too. All Edward England did was have a cooler flag.

    BTW- It was supposedly Kidd's treasure on Oak island– They found a note with strange ciphers on it. It had a picture of a goat where the signature should be. Baby goat=kid Kidd=Pirate Pirate=treasure…
    That hole has cost millions. Really wonder if what is down there is worth it.

    • Simmy Reddy

      Brilliant! I love pirates! They are the only people with sense and guts,I hate living on this rut called land.Only my age keeps me from running wild and straight into the arms of the beguiling sea,just you wait and see,just a few more years and I’ll be gone!love the list by the way,can’t agree with it,we’re all different,but i’s amazing informative[*_^]~

  • Yarr: thanks for the comment – this list is not actually ordered by infamy – I should have stated that at the beginning as I do on some of the other pages.

  • Meeep.

    no jack sparrow?

  • Meeep: only real pirates here.

  • Mr. Mojo

    Yarr, I thought that part about Kidd’s cipher was just something out of an Edgar Allen Poe story.

  • Blackrose

    Your list is very Anglo-centric, what about Barbarossa ( aka Red beard)? He practically owned the Med sea long before any of these sea dogs were a twinkle in their Fathers eye.

  • Drogo

    I have an authentic pirate autograph. My mom watched him sign it. It’s Roberto Clemente’s actual autograph.

  • Tyree

    What about Jean Lafitte? He’s pretty darn famous. Just curious why he didn’t get on the list?

  • Drogo

    FYI: The “pirate” Roberto Clemente was a baseball player for the Pittsburgh Pirates. :)

  • Smartlydone

    Meeep, dear, that’s CAPTAIN Jack Sparrow.

  • Stephanie

    What about Anne Bonny?

    I think CAPTAIN Jack Sparrow deserves an honorable mention ;)

  • dkroll

    Ok… Yall probably didn’t know this but I’m related to the pirate john me femme by BLOOD. Weird isn’t it?(I know this is an infamous pirate list but I felt like throwing it out)

  • dkroll

    sorry meant lafittebut I couldn’t remember which one.

  • dkroll

    and excuse the typing because I’m on my iPod touch ;-)

  • Nabila

    Choosing Calico Jack over Anne Bonny or Mary Read?!

    Anne Bonny did more than Calico Jack ever did.

  • Ghidoran

    You know, calico Jack’s wife was the real pirate. Read Pirate’s Passage

  • Declan

    Im not the smartest when it comes to pirates, hah im only on the page because i have to do a report. Anyway back to my point, was Davy Jones real? I always thought he was, and a pretty infamous pirate as well.

  • jeff

    i dont the think…

  • rachel

    hi what about the pirate olivier levasseur or butin nageon of estnag they were also famous pirates. does anyone know where i can get copies of both there treasure maps or codes. i have googled them without much sucess, i am after it for a uni assignment.
    thanks rachel

  • Cool list, I’ve always liked reading about pirate and piracy.

    No Asian pirates though? There’s Ching Shih, Zheng Yi, Zheng Zhilong (aka Nicholas Iquan Gaspard), Wang Zhi, and Cheung Po Tsai. Maybe not so infamous in the Western world but notorious in the East.

    From ancient history there are pirates who started wars and led rebellions. Demetrius of Pharos (whose actions set off the Second Illyrian War) and Anicetus, for example.

  • C

    Grania was a felame pirate from the west coast of Ireland. She stole from Spanish trading boats that traveled in the North Atlantic. She also stood up to the Queen in her Irish pride!

  • HandyMan

    u should do land pirates,or bandits/theives w.e, like billy the Kidd and Jesse James

  • rushfan

    My favorite pirate is Jean Lafitte.

    I rented The Pirate Movie recently because I loved it when I was a kid and my god, it sucked. Don’t you hate that? When you love a movie and then see it again years later and realize it acutally sucks balls. Same thing with Water Babies. I had fond memories of it, but it’s piece of shite.

  • Lark

    Here lacks Bartolomeu Portugues… He stole a Spanish galleon (not sure about a galleon, but it was “a large ship”, although I doubt it) with half his crew dead and only four cannons (yes…four).

    Great list but Kidd never really did anything and Morgan was more of a privateer than a buccaneer (and a sadistic barbarian).

    Well…cheers on that!

  • Sammy

    haah captain jack sparrow is still the best :D

  • Ron

    What about Jean Lafitte?

  • Mrs. McNemmish

    William Howard,Blackbeard’s quartermaster bought and lived on Ocracoke Island where his descendants live. Part of the island is limestone and can be dug for fresh water.Blackbeard dug a small tunnel to hold his cache. Years later, the Quakers extended the tiny tunnel and hid run-aways until they were taken north for safety. Hemp was marijuana. Blackbeard was pretty well stoned when he took a ship and never hurt anyone or burned any ship unless they were out to kill him.Because he was captain, he married each woman before he bedded her.His marriage to Mary Ormond is iffy.Davy Jones owned a tavern and put drunken pirates in his locker and threw them into the sea.

  • Lark

    Post #33 is mutiny! xD

  • spike

    most of us know about the lady pirates anne bonny and mary read, but has anyone else heard of hsi kai? she was a little chinese lady who is considered by some to be the most successful pirate in history, in that she was never caught or tried, and held on to her wealth. she started out as a captured slave, but a pirate captain fell so madly in love with her that she convinced him to strike a bargain: marry her, and give her half of his ships and men. he did, and when he died, she inherited all he had. hsi kai went on to build a huge fleet- larger than the spanish armada, and eventually was asked nicely by the spanish (and i believe the french as well) governments to desist because they couldn’t take any more of her raids. she accepted, and retired, living like a queen for thirty years until her death, which was of natural causes.
    this is all just stuff i’ve read, and i can’t truly verify any of it to be pure fact. pretty cool, though.

  • IdesofMarch

    Maybe you should do a list of female pirates
    This can help (they’re not in any order)

    1. Anne Bonney and Mary Read (as stated above)
    2. Grace O’Malley
    3. Ching Shih- She ruled the China Sea and had a huge fleet under her command
    4. Alvida
    5. Charlotte de Berry
    6. Rachel Wall
    7. Jane de Belville

  • VI6SIX

    Are the flag pictures, the actual pirate’s flags? If so then it is rather curious that they would employ the same set of pictograph components, ie the heart and the spear.
    It sounds like there were a few brutal asian pirates, perhaps another list is in order?
    Southpark recently made a new episode called ‘Fatbeard’ where cartman travels to somalia to become a pirate.

  • Georgia

    funny how soo many of them are from the uk

  • Richard

    You forgot Maddox.

  • maxwell mashingaidze

    i think that i am the best pirate in the world. i was the one who had the whole russian fleet under my command way back in 1549, when you were all fetuses. might i add that im a stupid little boy who thinks he's from an alien planet – im also a pirate! arghhhhhhhh!! =D

  • Davy

    Davy Jones!

  • nicoleredz3

    Never even heard of Edward Lowe. Great list!

  • lamasym

    Ummmm, what about Hsi Kai? She was the best pirate ever. She died undefeated and wealthy as hell. No love for for the ladies?

  • Great blog wondered where some of my old favourites have gone like Rock Braziliano but didn't know about pirates 1,2 and 10 look on the game Sid Meier's ~ Pirates they've got some good ones you should make on about buccaneers like the evil Spaniard Baron Raymondo. On sid Meier's ~ Pirates he has a boss called Marquese Montalban


    how come privateers and buccaneers are considered pirates? They acted under instructions from a higher power (the King)..

  • definetely awesome list! reading, listening, learning about pirates is as great as unsolved mystery and crime lists!

    one question though, are those the original flags pirates used? how did you found out about them? any special meanings in those? what's with the lover heart thing?

    nice one!

  • Maria

    It's been said before, but Anne Bonny and Mary Read deserve their own entry (or separate entry for each of them) on this list. They were pretty much badassery incarnate at a time when women were little more than property. Anne is said to have been about 16 at the start of her career, which was considered young even in those days. She fell in love with Jack and fled with him to escape an unhappy (allegedly abusive) marriage, and was known for stunning opponents in duels by flashing her breasts at them, therefore gaining the upper hand.

    Mary's mother dressed her as a boy at a young age, supposedly passing her off as a son who had died in infancy to gain access to an inheritance. She disguised herself as a man to enlist in the Royal Navy, which is how she ended up crossing paths with Anne and Jack.

    When the crew was captured, the women were on deck keeping watch while the men drank and lazed about. When the ship was damaged and it was clear that they would be boarded, the men surrendered but the women kept fighting. When they were discovered to be pregnant, they were put in jail to await execution after they gave birth. Mary died in prison, either of disease or in childbirth. Anne was never executed, and disappeared from public record. The most common beliefs are that she was ransomed out by her father or allowed to escape by sympathetic guards.

    One final fact: On the day of his execution, Jack requested to be brought to Anne's cell to say goodbye. All she said to him was "I am sorry to see you here, Jack. But if you had fought like a man then you needn't hang like a dog." See? Badassery incarnate.

  • Maria

    Another notable omission is Samuel "Black Sam" Bellamy. He's not widely known, but if you grew up in Massachusetts as I did, he's a legend. He had tried to make his living as an honest sailor, but when he fell in love with Maria Hallet, the daughter of a wealthy family from Eastham (Cape Cod), Massachusetts, he realized that her parents would never allow her to marry a poor sailor and turned to piracy.

    He had a brief but very successful career, his most famous capture was of the Whydah Galley, a French slave ship. He took the ship and freed the slaves, some of whom stayed and joined his crew out of gratitude. Once he had amassed a sizable fortune he planned to return and ask Maria's parents for her hand. Sadly, the Whydah was caught in a hurricane off what is now Wellfleet, a town near Eastham. The ship sank, and most of the crew died, including Sam. No one knows what became of Maria, but she is said to have committed suicide by jumping off of the seaside cliffs not far from where the Whydah went down, once she realized that Sam had been lost.

    The wreck of the Whydah was found in 1984, and artifacts from the ship are now on display at the Whydah Museum in Provincetown, Massachusetts. The site is still being explored, with new items raised and put on display as recently as a year ago.

    • Tico

      Wow, that was interesting never heard about those stories before with such details, well done!

  • yuro

    so some of the "ONE PIECE" characters were actually based from real pirates…
    blackbeard teach, luffy's gonna kick your ass…hehehe
    great list though..

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  • JimmyS

    Nobody heard of Claes Compaen? (1587-1660)

    most notorious pirate of his time, captured over 350 ships.

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  • kame

    luffy will be the pirate king .PERIOD

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  • I actually knew about 7-8 pirates from this list.

  • Georgie

    Grace O’Malley?
    She’s pretty amazing

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    The Oak Island Money Pit is the site of the world’s longest running hunt for lost treasure. For hundreds of years, treasure hunters have ventured to Nova Scotia and tried to recover the treasure which is protected by a series of ingenious traps. Strange man made artifacts have been recovered from the pit over the years, but to this day, the treasure still remains buried. Pirates, the Knights Templar or Francis Bacon – no one is sure exactly who created this mysterious Money Pit or why. There has been wide-ranging speculation as to who originally dug the pit and what it might contain. Oak platforms were discovered every 10 feet. There were pick scrapes on the walls on the money pit and the dirt was noticeably loose and not as hard packed. The flood tunnel at 90 feet has been identified and known to be lined with flat stones. Some have speculated that the Oak Island pit was dug to hold treasure much more exotic than gold or silver.

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