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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.
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.
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.
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.