A list of famous pirates throughout the history of pirates, with lots of pictures and images. The most famous pirate of them all may be Blackbeard, but when it comes to maritime piracy there are plenty of other real pirates. From ancient piracy to the golden age of piracy, this list has them all, even Somali, modern pirates. Pirate history is as old as boats themselves. Buccaneers have long been the scourge of merchants, as well as that of the French, English, and especially Spanish Crowns. Many of them can be found on this list of the most famous pirates throughout the history of piracy.