Here is a list of Pirates and dates active/died...
Sam Bellamy", captain of the Whydah Gally, was lost in a storm
off Cape Cod in 1717. Bellamy was popularly known as the "Robin Hood
of pirates" and prided himself on his ideological justifications for
Bonnet", a rich Barbadian land owner turned pirate solely in search
of adventure. Bonnet captained a 10-gun sloop, named the Revenge,
and raided ships off the Virginia coast in 1717. He was caught and
hanged in 1718.
Every", one of the few major pirate captains to retire with his
loot without being arrested nor killed in battle. He is famous for
capturing the fabulously wealthy Mogul ship Ganj-i-Sawai in 1694.
Fly", whose execution in 1726 is used by historian Marcus Rediker
to mark the end of the Golden Age of Pirates. William "Captain" Kidd,
executed for piracy at Execution Dock, London, in 1701, is famous
for the "buried treasure" he supposedly left behind.
Low", born in Westminster, was active 1721-1724, was never captured,
and was notorious for torturing his victims before killing them: he
would cut off ears, lips, and noses.
Morgan", a buccaneer who raided the Spaniards and took Panama
City before burning it to the ground. He was to be executed in England,
but was instead knighted and made governor of Jamaica. He died a natural
death in 1688.
(Calico Jack) Rackham", famous for his partnership with female
pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read, was captured, then hanged and gibbeted
outside Port Royal, Jamaica, in 1720.
(Black Bart) Roberts", is considered by many to be the most successful
Western pirate of all time with over 400 ship captures.
(Blackbeard) Teach" (Thatch), active from 1716 to 1718, is perhaps
the most notorious pirate among English-speaking nations. Blackbeard's
most famous ship was the Queen Anne's Revenge, named in response to
the end of Queen Anne's War. He was killed by one of Lieutenant
Robert Maynard's crewmen in 1718.
Vane", a particularly violent and unrepentant pirate, who served
under Henry Jennings before striking out on his own. Harsh and unpopular
with his crew, Vane was marooned before being captured and hanged
Bonny" (1698-1782) developed a notorious reputation in Nassau.
When she was unable to leave an earlier marriage, she eloped with
her lover, Calico Jack Rackham.
Read" had been dressed as a boy all her life by her mother and
had spent time in the British military. She came to the West Indies
(Caribbean) after leaving her husband and joined Calico Jack's crew
after he attacked a ship she had been aboard. She divulged her gender
only to Rackham at first, but revealed herself openly when accused
by Rackham of having an affair with Bonny.
When their ship was attacked in 1720, Bonny, Read, and an unknown
man were the only ones to defend it; the other crew members were too
drunk to fight. In the end they were captured and arrested. After
their capture, both women were convicted of piracy and sentenced to
death, but they stalled their executions by claiming to be pregnant.
Read died in jail months later, many believe of a fever or complications
of childbirth. Bonny disappeared from historical documents, and no
record of her execution nor a childbirth exist.
"Ching Shih" terrorised the China Seas during the Jiaqing Emperor period
of the Qing dynasty, in the early nineteenth century. She commanded
over 300 junks (traditional Chinese sailing ships) manned by 20,000
to 40,000 pirates. The fleet under her command established hegemony
over many Chinese coastal villages, in some cases imposing formal