Pirates have fascinated people for years. In reality, some pirates were bloodthirsty scoundrels who showed no mercy to their victims while others were suave, cultured and had some principles. The earliest pirates were recorded as having sailed the seas more than 3000 years ago. Throughout the millennium pirates plundered ships of every nation. Even today, with modern technology and security, pirates continue to menace seafaring vessels in many areas of the world.
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Most people have heard of Captain Kidd and Blackbeard but there were many other pirates that history will never forget.
Sir Francis Drake
Francis Drake was not considered a pirate by the British, who supported his privateering activities because his attacks were carried out against the hated Spanish. Queen Elizabeth I actually called Drake “my pirate” and encouraged him to prey on Spanish vessels.
Drake targeted Spanish ships that were returning from plundering South American gold and he was one of the most successful of the era’s privateers as he raided Spanish ports and captured Spanish vessels. Drake turned much of that treasure over to the Queen and Elizabeth thanked him by granting him a knighthood. Drake later became active in the English-Spanish War and helped to defeat the Spanish Armada.
Henry Morgan captured towns, plundered entire cities and raided settlements up and down the coast of South and Central America. He was originally from Wales but went to sea as a privateer in the mid-1600s. He targeted Spanish ships and settlements and operated with impunity, thanks to a license from the Governor of Jamaica that gave him permission to attack and seize Spanish vessels. His most audacious attack was in Venezuela where he raided Gibraltar and Maracaibo and destroyed a large Spanish squadron before he left with the cities’ wealth.
Morgan was arrested and taken to London but he was feted there as a hero by King Charles II and other government figures. He was given the title of Knight Bachelor and appointed Lieutenant Governor of Jamaica. During his administration the Jamaican legislature passed an anti-piracy law and Morgan actually prosecuted pirates.
The Barbarossa (Italian for “Redbeard”) brothers, Aruj and Hizir, sailed the North African Barbary Coast where they attacked Spanish ships. The brothers sought to avenge Muslims who had been expelled from the Iberian peninsula after the Spanish and Portuguese defeated Muslim rulers.
The Spanish and the Portuguese sought to make additional territorial gains in North Africa and Khiḍr and Arūj joined the struggle against the invaders and offered their services as privateers to Ottoman Sultan Bayezid II. Their goal was to disrupt Spanish and Portuguese shipping in the region.
Barbarossa and their pirate forces captured Tunis in 1531 and emerged victorious in a battle with a Papal fleet that included ships from Malta, the Papal States, Venice, Genoa, Spain and Portugal. That victory cemented Ottoman rule in Tripoli and the eastern Mediterranean for centuries.
Calico Jack was born John Rackham in England and became a pirate in the Caribbean in the early 1700s. He is best-known for having designed the Jolly Roger skull-and-crossbones flag that became the emblem of pirates of that era.
He is also remembered for bringing two women on board his pirate ship, Ann Bonny, who was Calico Jack’s lover, and Mary Read, who disguised herself as a man for at least part of her career as a pirate. Calico Jack was eventually captured, tried and executed.
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