In this list are the most famous and bloodthirsty pirates in history some more than others but they are still frightening, just hearing their name causes us strange and disturbing feelings.
He was a pirate of Irish origin. In 1717 Seegar worked as part of the crew of a ship bound for Jamaica, which was taken by pirates under the command of a Captain Winter. In the hands of the adventurers, he made the decision to be part of the crew. The following year, under the name "Edward England", he became independent. By that time the pirates obtained the king's forgiveness for those who abandoned the pillage. England refused and continued its work. However, the governor of Bahamas attacked his fort and the pirate then decided to move to the west coast of Africa. In that direction the Cadogan ship assaulted under the command of a Captain Skinner, who had been an old patron of England with whom he had had problems long ago. Due to this background, the pirate took revenge by torturing and ultimately killing the unfortunate with a shot in the head. England eventually became an important fleet. Under the command of the Royal James he made his incursions on the African coast in the spring of 1719 where they raided and burned ships. After a failed attack on a castle in Cape Coast the pirates of England performed countless misdeeds in a neighboring town. By decision of the adventurers, they decided to move to the island of Madagascar. At that time England had under his command the Fancy, a powerful Dutch ship.
Pier Gerlofs Donia
He was a Friesian warrior, as well as a pirate and rebel. It is also known by the Frisians by the nickname "Grutte Pier", or by the Dutch translation of "Grote Pier" and "Lange Pier", or, in Latin as "Pierius Magnus", which refers to its legendary size and strength. Currently his life is mired in legend and is based on a description attributed to his contemporary Petrus Thaborita.
His real name was Jean-David Nau and he was forced by the French government to perform military service. Fate led him to end his obligation to the army when the ship he was sailing with arrived in Santo Domingo and decided to stay there. The seafaring atmosphere of the adventurers who passed through there enthusiasm, a fact that encouraged him to live as a filibuster. A bad personal experience with a person of Spanish origin marked him for the rest of his days. Since then he decided to make life impossible for those who crossed his path, he sentenced him and he did so.
He was a sailor and important English pirate during the last days of the golden age of piracy, at the beginning of the 18th century. He was born around 1690 in a poor home in Westminster, London. He moved to Boston, Massachusetts, when he was still young. Two years later, after the death of his wife during the birth of his daughter in 1719, Low became a pirate, operating on the shores of New England, the Azores and the Caribbean Sea. The cruelty of Edward Low and his crew is the center of several stories. One of them tells how he cut a man's ears and then fed them with salt and pepper. He probably died in Martinique.
He was a Barbadian pirate of the early eighteenth century, sometimes called "the gentleman pirate" 4 ("the pirate knight") because he was a landowner of moderate wealth before entering the world of piracy. Bonnet was born in a wealthy English family resident on the island of Barbados and inherited the family estate after the death of his father in 1694. In 1709 he married Mary Allamby and became involved to some extent with the militia. Due to marital problems, and despite his lack of experience as a sailor, Bonnet decided to engage in piracy in the summer of 1717. He bought a sailboat, which he named Revenge (Revenge), and traveled with his crew along the North American east coast, capturing ships and burning other Barbadian ships.
Roger de Flor
Roger de Flor was an Italian-Catalan pirate, who was in the last Crusade, fought at the service of King Frederick II of Sicily and was recruited by Andronicus II to fight against the Turks.
He was born in New England on the east coast of the current United States, probably a descendant of a wealthy Rhode Island family. In Bermuda, in 1691, it was made of the Amity ship with which it obtained permission from the authorities of the island to attack a French base in Gambia. He embarked on the trip and joined another ship, commanded by George Drew. Both vessels passed the Cape of Good Hope and traveled north, but due to a storm the ships separated. At that point Tew and his crew decided to engage in piracy: Passing through Madagascar, they headed for the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden. There they attacked an Arab sailboat and took good treasure: each man was left with the fortune of 3 thousand pounds sterling.
He was a pirate who was known as Avary John, Ben Long, and Benjamin Bridgeman. He is most famous for apparently being one of the few great pirate captains to retire with his loot without being arrested or killed in battle.
By December 1695, the new governor of New York, Massachusetts and New Hampshire, asked Kidd to attack various subjects related to piracy, while fighting against French ships. Kidd accepted the assignment, knowing that refusal could be seen as a disloyalty to the crown and would carry great social stigma. Kidd was given a Corsican patent by King William III of England. His new ship was the Adventure Galley. Among Kidd's crew was Hendrick Van der Haul, considered the second in command within Kidd's ship. In September 1696, Kidd was at the Cape of Good Hope. A third of its population died in the Comoros due to an epidemic of cholera, and after failing to recruit pirates in Madagascar, he left for the Strait of Bab el-Mandeb with the intention of reaching the Red Sea. According to reports by a captain of the British East India Company, he attacked a convoy of the Mughal Empire that was repelled. If this data were true, this would be the first pirate attack of William Kidd. In the following times, Kidd had to face various problems of mutiny and defections among his crew.
Benito Soto Aboal
Benito Soto Aboal, born in Pontevedra in 1805, began as a sailor on the Galician coast, at the young age of 17 he joined the Brazilian brig El Defensor de Pedro, which was engaged in the slave trade. While in 1823 on the African coast, Benito Soto carried out a riot against his captain Pedro Mariz de Sousa Sarmento, with the shout: Down with the Portuguese! Already with the control of the ship Benito orders to enclose and subsequently assassinate his greatest accomplice in the revolt, thus eliminating competition for the control of the captaincy, thus demonstrating its cold and calculating character. From this moment begins the story of who will be known as the "last pirate of the Atlantic." As captain of El Defensor de Pedro, Benito Soto dedicated himself to furrowing the seas, destroying and looting everything in his path, especially English ships, becoming a feared pirate in the Atlantic. His first victim was the British merchant frigate Morning Star, which was sacked and almost all of his crew killed. After that, he would head north to the Azores. On that route, among others, he found the Topaz, of the American flag, which arrived loaded from Calcutta, and was sacked and burned after executing the crew. Meanwhile the Ombudsman was painted black and renamed by Captain Soto as La Burla Negra.
English buccaneer. Although there is no data to substantiate it, it is assumed that he arrived in the West Indies as a slave, after being captured in Bristol when he was still a child. After becoming a pirate, it is believed that he was part of the English expedition that conquered Jamaica in 1655, and during the 1660s he took part in other buccaneer operations. In this way, in 1666 he participated in the conquest of the island of Santa Catalina to the Spaniards, and managed to be appointed head of the buccaneers after the death of the commander of the Edward Mansfield expedition.
She was an English pirate woman who operated between 1708-1713 and is remembered primarily as one of the only two women known to be found guilty of piracy in the 18th century, at the time of the golden age of piracy.
Known in Spain as Francisco Draque, he was an English privateer, explorer, slave trader, politician and vice admiral of the British Royal Navy. He directed numerous naval expeditions against Spanish interests in the Iberian peninsula and in the Indies, being the second person to circumnavigate the world, after Elcano, and participating in the attack on Cádiz in 1587, the defeat of the Great and Happy Armada and the attack to La Coruña of 1589, among others. He was and remains a controversial figure. At a time when England and Spain were confronted militarily, he was considered a pirate by the Spanish authorities, while in England he was valued as a corsair and honored as a hero, being knighted by Queen Elizabeth I as a reward for his services to the English crown.
He was a Welsh pirate. For the number of his robberies, estimated at at least four hundred, he has been considered one of the most successful in history.1 2 3 After exercising the profession of sailor from a very young age, at thirty-seven he decided to be part of Howell Davis's crew, starting their runs in piracy. He managed to assemble a squad of sufficient proportion to destabilize the British fleet, at a time where this power was debated to maintain its possessions in North America and the Caribbean.4 It is known for the regulations imposed on its crew and also for its peculiar personality that was characterized in the good treatment of women, liquor withdrawal and their education. His death closed the stage of the greatest boom in piracy in America.
Jeireddín was one of the most important privateers of the 16th century, and together with his predecessor and brother Aruj he founded a pirate organization that led the Maghreb to achieve great power over the Mediterranean trade. Very soon he demonstrated such a capacity that he deservedly succeeded his brother, and even managed to overcome his exploits widely, becoming a true nightmare for the Spanish Empire of the time and much of Christian Europe.
known as Calicó Jack or Jack el Calicó, he was an English sailor and pirate captain during the 18th century. He earned the nickname for the colorful calico clothes he wore, but he was most famous for bringing two of the most famous pirate women on board: Anne Bonny and Mary Read.
She was an Irish pirate woman who operated in the early eighteenth century and is remembered primarily as one of the only two women known to be found guilty of piracy in the eighteenth century, at the time of the golden age of piracy.
Edward Teach (Black Beard)
He was a pirate. Before that, he was one of the vacated sailors of the Royal Navy, but after the Spanish War of Succession he began his criminal activities under the command of Benjamin Hornigold. His most famous attack was carried out in the town of Charleston (South Carolina) in May 1718. He was an ally of the then governor of North Carolina, Charles Eden, who came to forgive his illegal activities in exchange for obtaining a profit from the looting carried out by the pirate. Teach died after a confrontation with Lieutenant Robert Maynard and his troops, who conducted a campaign on the initiative of the then Governor of Virginia, Alexander Spotswood. Blackbeard, who wore a peculiar outfit when making his attacks, became a very popular figure in various cultural events.