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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.
Mary Read will forever be remembered as one of the rare female pirates that operated in the waters of the Caribbean. Here you can find the interesting story of her life, and the way she found herself on a deck of a pirate ship.
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.
One of the most popular pirates of modern times was no other than fabled Blackbeard, who terrorized the waters of the Caribbean during the famous “Golden Age of Piracy”. Stories of his life and glorious death in battle were the major source of popular image that pirates have today.