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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 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.
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.
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.