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List of famous pirates, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top pirates in the world? This includes the most prominent pirates, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable pirates is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic pirates were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned pirates.

Examples of people on this list: Cheung Po Tsai, Bartholomew Roberts and many more.

From reputable, prominent, and well known pirates to the lesser known pirates of today, these are some of the best professionals in the pirate field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous pirates ever?" and "What are the names of famous pirates?" then you're in the right place. (200 items)
Blackbeard is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Pirates
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Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard, was a notorious English pirate who operated around the West Indies and the eastern coast of the American colonies. Although little is known about his early life, he was probably born in Bristol, England. He may have been a sailor on privateer ships during Queen Anne's War before settling on the Bahamian island of New Providence, a base for Captain Benjamin Hornigold, whose crew Teach joined sometime around 1716. Hornigold placed him in command of a sloop he had captured, and the two engaged in numerous acts of piracy. Their numbers were boosted by the addition to their fleet of two more ships, one of which was commanded by Stede Bonnet, but toward ...more

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Paul Watson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Pirates
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Paul Franklin Watson is a Canadian environmental activist, who founded the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, a direct action group focused on marine conservation. The Toronto native joined a Sierra Club protest against nuclear testing in 1969. He was an early and influential member of Greenpeace, crewed and skippered for it, and later was a board member. He has been credited by The New York Times, The New Yorker and other publications with being a founder of Greenpeace, but Greenpeace denies the claim. Watson argued for a strategy of direct action that conflicted with the Greenpeace interpretation of nonviolence, was ousted from the board in 1977, and subsequently left the organization. ...more

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Bartholomew Roberts is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Pirates
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Bartholomew Roberts, born John Roberts, was a Welsh pirate who raided ships off the Americas and West Africa between 1719 and 1722. He was the most successful pirate of the Golden Age of Piracy, as measured by vessels captured, taking over 470 prizes in his career. He is also known as Black Bart, but this name was never used in his lifetime, and also risks confusion with Black Bart of the American West. ...more

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Henry Every is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Pirates
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Henry Every, also Evory or Avery, sometimes erroneously given as John Avery, was an English pirate who operated in the Atlantic and Indian oceans in the mid-1690s. He likely used several aliases throughout his career, including Henry Bridgeman, and was known as Long Ben to his crewmen and associates. Dubbed "The Arch Pirate" and "The King of Pirates" by contemporaries, Every was the most notorious pirate of his time; he earned his infamy by becoming one of the few major pirate captains to retire with his loot without being arrested or killed in battle, and also for being the perpetrator of what has been called the most profitable pirate raid in history. Although Every's career as a pirate ...more

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