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Mary Read (1690-1721), engraving, "General History of the Pyrates," 1725.

Mary Read (1690-1721), engraving, "General History of the Pyrates," 1725.

Mary Read (died 1721) aka Mark Read, was an English pirate. She and Anne Bonny are two of the most famed female pirates of all time; they are the only two women known to have been convicted of piracy during the early 18th century, at the height of the Golden Age of Piracy.

Mary Read (died 1721) aka Mark Read, was an English pirate. She and Anne Bonny are two of the most famed female pirates of all time; they are the only two women known to have been convicted of piracy during the early 18th century, at the height of the Golden Age of Piracy.

Marc Davis- one of my favorite artists!  This is a sketch for The Pirates of the Caribbean ride.

Marc Davis- one of my favorite artists! This is a sketch for The Pirates of the Caribbean ride.

Blackbeard (c. 1680 –1718) was a notorious English pirate who operated around the West Indies and the eastern coast of the American colonies.  Blackbeard's vessel, the Queen Anne's Revenge, had 40 guns. He became a renowned pirate. His nickname was derived from his thick black beard and fearsome appearance; he was reported to have tied lit fuses under his hat to frighten his enemies.

Blackbeard (c. 1680 –1718) was a notorious English pirate who operated around the West Indies and the eastern coast of the American colonies. Blackbeard's vessel, the Queen Anne's Revenge, had 40 guns. He became a renowned pirate. His nickname was derived from his thick black beard and fearsome appearance; he was reported to have tied lit fuses under his hat to frighten his enemies.

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