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On this day in 1702, Anne Bonny was born.

A Famous pirate in the Caribbean in between 1718 and 1720, she fought under the command of “Calico Jack” Rackham.

She was born near Cork, Ireland probably sometime around 1700 (our dates are approximate), the result of a scandalous affair between an English lawyer and his maid. He was eventually forced to bring Anne and her mother to America to escape the gossip that her birth created.

Together with fellow female pirate Mary Read, she was one of Rackham’s most formidable pirates, fighting, cursing and drinking with the best of them.

She was captured along with the rest of Rackham’s crew in 1720 and sentenced to death, although her sentence was commuted because she was pregnant.

Bonny has also been the inspiration for numerous stories, books, movies and songs over the years.

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