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Added on: 16th Dec 2014




William “Captain” Kidd was a Scottish sailor who was tried and

executed 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. Kidd’s fame

springs largely from the sensational circumstances of his

questioning before the English Parliament and the ensuing trial.

His actual depredations on the high seas, whether piratical or not,

were both less destructive and less lucrative than those of many other

contemporary pirates and privateers.




Peter Easton was a pirate in the early 17th century who operated

along the Newfoundland coastline between Harbour Grace and

Ferryland from 1611 to 1614. Perhaps one of the most successful of all

pirates he controlled such sea power that no sovereign or state could

afford to ignore him and he was never overtaken or captured by any

fleet commissioned to hunt him down.




Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard, was a notorious English

pirate who operated around the West Indies and the eastern coast of

the American colonies. Although little is known about his early life,

he was likely born in Bristol, England. A shrewd and calculating leader,

Teach spurned the use of force, relying instead on his fearsome image

to elicit the response he desired from those he robbed. Contrary to

the modern-day picture of the traditional tyrannical pirate, he commanded

his vessels with the permission of their crews and there is no known

account of his ever having harmed or murdered those he held captive.

He was romanticised after his death and became the inspiration for

a number of pirate-themed works of fiction across a range of genres.




L’Olonnais first arrived in the Caribbean as an indentured servant

during the 1650s. By 1660, his servitude was complete and he began

to wander the various islands, before finally arriving in Saint-Domingue and

becoming a buccaneer. A year or two into his piratical career he was

shipwrecked near Campeche in Mexico. A party of Spanish soldiers

attacked his crew, killing most of them. L’Ollonnais himself survived by

covering himself in the blood of others and hiding amongst the dead.

He managed to escape and made his way to Tortuga where he held an

entire town hostage, demanding a ransom from its Spanish rulers.

The governor of Havana sent a ship to kill him, but l’Olonnais

captured and beheaded the entire raiding crew save one, whom he

spared so that a message could be delivered to Havana: “I shall never

henceforward give quarter to any Spaniard whatsoever.”




Known for being a hoodlum-turned-pirate, Edward Lowe spent his

childhood pick pocketing and beating up people for money. As he

approached adolescence, he became a ship rigger and went in with a

sloop sailing to Honduras where he had his first experience of piracy.

It has been said that he often tortured his captives as he sailed around

the Azores and teamed up with other notorious pirates who practiced

sadism just as he did.




A Welsh pirate, Bartholomew Roberts, more commonly known as

“Black Bart”, is often considered the most notorious pirate of his day.

He took to sea at a very young age and grew up as a highly competent

sailor. In the 17th century, people would dread sailing off the coast of

South America because of his notoriety.




Referred to by King William III as a “wicked and ill-disposed person,”

Tew was one of the most feared pirates of the Red Sea in the 17th century.

His piracy began when the Governor of Bermuda sanctioned him to

attack all the French ships and colonies he could find along the

African Coast. Fearless as he was, he attacked a widely celebrated

Indian ship manned by about 300 soldiers in Madagascar and still managed

to win. He died, however, after obtaining a mortal wound and the rest of his

crew were executed following his death.




Born Edward Seegar, England’s career as a pirate began when he was

enlisted as a first mate on a ship that was eventually taken by a pirate

named Captain Winter. As a captive, he won the confidence of the crew

of Captain Winter and became one of them. He sailed throughout the

Caribbean and African seas and succeeded in robbing and taking

several ships there, the most popular of which was a ship from Bristol

named Cadogan. He tortured and killed the captain of the ship before

bringing his reign of terror to Madagascar where he attacked several

Dutch ships and enlisted even more seafarers into piracy.




A feared female Chinese pirate who married another notorious

pirate in 1801, I Sao took over the fleet of her husband when he died

and developed a code of laws that steered over 1,500 ships and 80,000

sailors. She became the most infamous pirate in Asia but the murder,

looting, and other crimes that she masterminded led to her eventual

downfall when she was captured and executed by Portuguese and

British bounty hunters.


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