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If we look to the past, we can see that there were dangerous pirates and there were successful pirates, and Bartholomew Roberts is definitely part of a successful camp. During his long career he managed to capture incredible wealth and inspire such a fear that naval trade almost completely stopped around him.
Mary Read will forever be remembered as one of the rare female pirates that operated in the waters of the Caribbean. Here you can find the interesting story of her life, and the way she found herself on a deck of a pirate ship.
Late 18th century was a time of turmoil on the Chinese Sea, with pirate bands uniting into such large forces that even military fleets of several nations could not oppose them. One of the biggest pirate captains of that time was Cheng I who after marriage with famous Ching Shih created a pirate empire of incredible proportions.
One of the most important historical figures of Ireland is Grace O'Malley. So-called Pirate queen of Ireland protected their people and lands against the control of England, and managed to reach important political status during her lifetime.