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Notable Pirates

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1 An Overview of Notable Pirates 5143
2 Andrew Ranson 10711
3 Anne Bonny 9603
4 Black Bart Roberts 8560
5 Bartholomew Sharpe 8103
6 Benjamin Hornigold 7656
7 Blackbeard 16360
8 Black Caesar 11888
9 Calico Jack Rackam 8767
10 Charles Gibbs 6227

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He was captured by the Spaniards in Italy and forced to serve them while chained to their galley.

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  • In 1684, the pirate Andrew Ranson was found guilty of piracy and sentenced to death by garrote. The rope around his neck broke and the town's friar believed his near-death experience was a miracle and demanded he be spared.

  • The pirate motto for going into battle was "iron and lead first, followed by steel." Start with cannon and musket fire and proceed to close fighting with cutlasses and boarding axes.

  • Pirates had workman's comp! Each captain took care of the injured by compensating crewmen for being maimed or losing a limb. And each captain had his own "rates:" loss of right arm, 600 pieces; left arm, 500 pieces; right leg, 500, etc.

  • The Castillo de San Marcos was built immediately after Captain Robert Searles sacked St. Augustine, Florida in 1668. Sir Francis Drake razed the city 82 years earlier.

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