A list of famous 18th century pirates from the golden age of piracy, with lots of pictures and images. Out of all the golden age pirates, the most famous is inarguably Edward Teach, also known as Blackbeard. When it comes to maritime piracy, though, there are plenty of other real pirates for this timeline list. Pirate history is as old as boats themselves. Pirates 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 right here on this list of the most famous 18th century pirates from the golden age of piracy.