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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 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.
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.
William Kidd is today remembered for his short and very turbulent career as a pirate. Even though he did not have successful career as a pirate, a trial in which he lost his life greatly popularized pirates in the Europe. Here you can find out more about his interesting life.