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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.
One of the most famous pirates of all time is without a doubt Henry Every, who managed to live a perfect dream of any pirate – during small period of his activity he managed to capture incredible treasure and then retire without being caught.
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.
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.