The ‘Real’ Pirates of the Caribbean

By | Jun 30, 2009

Edward Teach – Blackbeard
He originally served as a British privateer based in Jamaica. Privateers were privately owned ships hired by the British government to attack and plunder French and Spanish ships during the war.  After the war he just continued.  He stole a ship Queen Anne’s Revenge and set up a base in North Carolina. Blackbeard’s reign came to a cruel end when in battle with Robert Maynard a British naval commander he died from loss of blood.  Maynard then had his head hung from his boat’s bow.

Henry Morgan
Captain Morgan was originally commissioned by the British to capture Spanish prisoners in Cuba and during his career he never really would have been classified as a Pirate.  He was always a Privateer plundering Spanish vessels while at war.

William Kidd
Captain Kidd is 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 British Parliament and ensuing trial. His actual actions on the high seas, whether piratical or not, were both less destructive and less lucrative than those of many other contemporary

Bartholomew Roberts
Bart Roberts was a Welsh pirate who raided shipping off the Americas and West Africa between 1719 and 1722. He is considered as being the most successful pirate during its golden age. It is estimated that under his command over 470 vessels were captured. He is also known as Black Bart, but this name was never used in his lifetime.

Jack Rackham
Calico Jack Rackham or Calico Jack, was an English pirate captain during the early 18th century. His nickname was derived from the colorful calico clothes he wore.  He was considered a minor pirate whose flag featured skull and crossbones, the famous Jolly Roger.

Mary Read & Anne Bonny
Mary Read was born in London, the daughter of a sea captain.  At a young age she disguised herself as a boy.  While at sea, dressed as a man, the ship on which she sailed was attacked by Calico Jack. She was recruited to the crew.  One member of the crew was Anne Bonny, who was also disguised as a man.  Bonny discovered Mary’s secret and later so did Calico Jack.  When they were captured in 1720, both of the women were pregnant, most probably by Calico Jack.  Calico Jack was hanged, Mary Read died in prison, but nothing is known of the fate of Anne Bonny.  She disappeared while in prison.


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