When the seas were wild and untamed, criminally-minded sailors terrorized ships and cities the world over. How much do you know about these famous pirates?
With nearly 500 captured ships to his name, he is often regarded as one of the most successful pirates in history.
He wore wild clothing that gave birth to his name.
While partying with fellow pirates, a pirate hunter engaged his crew and caught Jack.
He survived the battle that killed Blackbeard but was caught and hanged.
He had a very successful (but brief) career cut short by a cannonball to the gut.
He was an English pirate who lived until around 1720.
The Barbarossa Brothers were pirates in the early 16th century; the eldest brother had a red beard.
A Spanish cannon blew off his arm, but it didn't kill him.
He also had many thousands of men at his disposal; he eventually turned and helped the government capture pirates.
Instead of relying on force, he tended to trick his victims.
They didn't just take ships; they were bold enough to attack and capture cities, too.
He was born into a rich family but opted for crime, sailing a ship named "Revenge."
He would raise the same flag as the ships he was attacking, making it seem as though he was a fellow countryman.
To the English, he was a brave sea captain; to the Spaniards he was a terrorizer.
He was the first person to serve as captain aboard a ship that sailed all the way around the globe.
And with that feat, he wisely retired, making him one of the few pirates to survive his adventures.
He was all about the image; his frightening appearance terrified both his men and his opponents.
After she was arrested, she avoided execution by saying that she was pregnant.
Queen Elizabeth unleashed these men to plunder ships and cities and then bring the riches back to England.
Apparently the pirate lifestyle is hard to leave; many headed for the coast of Africa or the Caribbean.
She was known as the "Lioness of Brittany" and hunted down French vessels with ferocity.
The French beheaded her husband, and she set off on a brutal (and effective) campaign of revenge.
His men raped and pillaged their way across the Caribbean, often defeating foes who had superior numbers.
They strung the head up on their ship so they could collect a reward for killing him.
Blackbeard was his second-in-command at one point; Hornigold eventually died during a storm.
He did his work in the mid-1600s and was known for his savagery.
Perhaps Ozzy Osbourne is a distant relative.
And she may have had more than 1,000 ships, making her more powerful than many militaries.
Captain Kidd may have gotten most of his reputation from a widely-publicized trial instead of actual acts that he performed.
No force could defeat hers, but she decided to accept pardons for herself and her people.