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The Most Famous Pirates In The World’s History

October 17th, 2013 by in History with 837 Views

As Halloween approaches and people are trying to figure out what to be, many will end up dressing as a pirate. Everybody knows of the pirate shows and movies on television ranging from kid shows to adult but not many know who the most famous pirates in history are with the exception of Blackbeard.

Captain William Kidd (1645-1701)

Captain Kidd was born in Scotland and worked on his first ship “Blessed William” in 1689 where he was given permission to attack the French by the governor of Nevis in the Caribbean. From 1696-1701 he pirated in the Indian Ocean, Caribbean Sea and off the East Coast of North America. He was the first to  come up with the idea of buried treasure when he buried his off the coast of New York. He eventually met his fate in London where he was hung and left out for twenty years as to scare of others looking to become a pirate.


Anne Bonny (1698-1782)

Anne Bonny was born in Ireland as the illegitimate child of a lawyer and a maid and was taken to South Carolina by her father to avoid the scandal. After Anne’s marriage turned sour and she had an affair with pirate Calico Jack, they took over a merchant ship and began traveling. Mary Read (1690-1721) joined Anne Bonny’s crew when her ship got taken over by them. Both women dressed as pirates in order to be on the ship. When a ship from the British Navy sloop found their ship anchored one day and came aboard to fight, Mary and Anne were the only ones not drunk and fighting for their ship. After they had realized they lost, they began attacking their own crew mates for not fighting with them, killing one and injuring the rest. The crew was captured and put on trial for piracy leading to death, however Anne and Mary got off because the claimed they were pregnant. Mary ended up dying several months later of a fever while Anne is said to have remarried and had many children.

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  • MD Golam Rabbani

    was a problem thousands of years before the Spanish began to bring gold,
    silver, and other treasures from the New World back to Spain. Men
    sailed the seas as pirates when countries began to cross the Oceans and
    Seas to trade goods with each other. There were powerful pirates
    that sailed the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas. These pirates set
    up a large pirate nation in Cilicia. Cilicia is now part of the
    country of Turkey. Barbary corsairs controlled the western part of
    the Mediterranean. Vikings were brave and strong pirates.
    They sailed all over the Atlantic Ocean, but especially terorized the
    European coastlines. Piracy was also active in the waters
    surrounding Asia. As ships were built bigger and better and men
    became braver, piracy began to spread into the New World.

  • Geofrey Bett

    Piracy has been a challenge since time in memorial and has affect nations and many people.It still happen even today but undoubtedly this were the worst pirates in human history.

  • Joseph John

    where is Johnny Depp? :)

  • Kristen Trott

    I’ve never heard of Anne Bonny and Mary Read before. Crazy to think that there was a time that people could pass away from a fever. We have so many drugs these days that help with one’s health. It’s nice to hear stories about women that don’t involve being homemakers.

  • liz soliven

    This is really interesting, reminds me of Captain Jack Sparrow lol, it’s quite a good read though added up to my knowledge