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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 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.
In the long history of piracy, there were only few women who were able to distinguish themselves. One of the most famous one is Anne Bonny, who sailed across the waters of Caribbean in the times that is today known as “Golden Age of Piracy”.
William Kidd is today remembered for his short and very turbulent career as a pirate. Even though he did not have successful career as a pirate, a trial in which he lost his life greatly popularized pirates in the Europe. Here you can find out more about his interesting life.