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Who would you say your favorite infamous pirate of all time is?

  1. angela_michelle profile image97
    angela_michelleposted 5 years ago

    Who would you say your favorite infamous pirate of all time is?

    I've been writing about pirates lately, and I am wondering if there are any infamaous ones I have forgotten. Personally, some of my favorites are Anne Bonny, because she is a girl, and Blackbeard, because he's Blackbeard.

  2. profile image0
    Old Empresarioposted 5 years ago

    There is also Jean Lafitte and Sir Francis Drake.

  3. mpropp profile image86
    mproppposted 5 years ago

    Well, he might not be real...but my vote is for Jack Sparrow!

    1. teaches12345 profile image95
      teaches12345posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      My vote is for Jack Sparrow also, may be fictional, but still has a great character.

  4. alancaster149 profile image86
    alancaster149posted 5 years ago

    Edward Teach, otherwise known as 'Blackbeard' (1680-1718) was one of the most dangerous sea pitates of the late Stuart-early Hanoverian era. He was English, but his birthplace is not recorded. His first ship was the 'Queen Anne's Revenge' and he operated around the West Indies and eastern seaboard of North America. His crew was largely English, but there were some freed African slaves amongst them. He captured another ship, 'Adventure' and was cornered with less than twenty crew aboard at Ocraoke Island by Lt Maynard's two Royal Navy sloops. Many of Blackbeard's crew were ashore with Israel Hands.  'Adventure' fired on both ships and slew many of their crew but was finally captured after a pitched battle (in which he received no less than five bullets and was cut several times around his body) and beheaded under orders from Maynard. His head was slung on a rope under Maynard's bowsprit.
    By the way, Old Empresario, Sir Francis Drake was not a pirate (it was the Spaniards who called him that)  but a 'privateer' who handed all treasure seized from the Spanish ships over to Queen Elizabeth I's treasurers and received a percentage to share with his crew. Captured English captains and officers were burned at the stake for 'heresy' (being Protestant) by the Spaniards under the orders of King Philip, their crews made galley slaves and flogged raw, accused by the Spanish of piracy. It depends on who you believe whether Drake, Hawkins and the other English captains were pirates. Considering the Spaniards 'screwed' the gold out of the Incas and Aztecs, we just 'liberated' it...

    1. alancaster149 profile image86
      alancaster149posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Faced with the choice of a fictional character, I have to pick Keith Richards as Jack Sparrows' dad (about the time he fell out of his tree).

 
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