Pirates, Raiders, and Buccaneers:

The Power and Influence of History's Most Infamous Maritime Marauders

“Come, don’t be in a fright, but put on your clothes, and I’ll let you into a secret. You must know that I am Captain of this ship now, and this is my cabin, therefore you must walk out. I am bound to Madagascar, with a design of making my own fortune, and that of all the brave fellows joined with me…if you have a mind to make one of us, we will receive you, and if you’ll turn sober, and mind your business, perhaps in time I may make you one of my Lieutenants, if not, here’s a boat alongside and you shall be set ashore.”
—Henry Every (1659—1696),
English Pirate Known as “The King of the Pirates”

Henry Every

Country of Origin: England
Years Active: 3 Years
Most Notable Event:

Henry Every (1659—1696)

Henry Every (also known as Henry Avery) was an English pirate who operated in the Atlantic and Indian oceans toward the end of the 17th century.

Charles Vane

Country of Origin: England
Years Active: 1716—1721
Most Notable Event: Taking a stand against England’s Governor of Nassau, Woodes Rogers.

Charles Vane (1680—1721)

Charles Vane was known for his cruelty and lack of respect for the pirate code.  Vane operated out of the Bahamas toward the end of the Golden Age of Piracy.

Woodes Rogers

Country of Origin: England
Years Active: 1709—1710
Most Notable Event: Serving as governor, and suppressing the activity of the pirates in the Caribbean.

Woodes Rogers (1679—1732)

Woodes Rogers was an English sea captain and privateer. He later became the first Royal Governor of the Bahamas tasked with ridding the colony of pirates and keeping the island safe from Spanish threats.

Edward Teach "Blackbeard"

Country of Origin: Bristol, England.
Years Active: 1716—1718
Most Notable Event: Final standoff at Ocracoke Island.

Edward Teach "Blackbeard" (1680—1718)

Captain of Queen Anne’s Revenge, Edward Teach (or Thatch) was an English pirate who operated around the West Indies and the east coast of North America.