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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.
One of the most famous pirate captains of early 18th century was without a doubt Edward England, who remains remembered for the popularization of Jolly Rogers pirate flag and for his attempt to spare the life of the captured enemy Captain.
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.
John Rackham is remembered today for being one of the successful pirates during the Golden Age of Piracy in Caribbean. Part of his fame also comes from the fact that he was one of the rare Captains had two female pirates on his crew, Mary Read and Anne Bonny.