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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.
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.
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.
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.