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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.
As one of the most famous privateers of the English crown, Sir Francis Drake will forever be remembered in the history of the pirate lore. His lifelong exploits in the fights against the Spanish brought him incredible fame that remains celebrated even today.
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.
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.