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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.
Jean Lafitte is today remembered as one of the most famous American pirates of the 19th century. During his active years he was celebrated as a hero by the ordinary people and as a criminal by US government. His idolized image of rebellious pirate has survived even to today.
In the history of buccaneers and pirates, Henry Morgan will be remembered as one of the most ruthless ones. During his entire life he waged constant war against Spanish in the New World, which brought him reputation of national hero in England and criminal in Spain.
One of the most celebrated European privateers of all time was Turgut Reis, famous Ottoman naval commander and admiral of their entire fleet who during his lifetime took part in some of the most important naval battles of 16th century.