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Anne Bonney

A Pirate's Life

In the last sequel of Pirates of the Caribbean “ On Stranger Tides” we could see Captain Jack Sparrow and his friend Barbossa fighting again side by side with the female pirate Angelica, Blackbeard’s daughter, on a quest to find the elusive fountain of youth.But did you know that there were lots of women pirates like her?
Women weren’t allowed into a pirate ship following the Pirate Code of Conduct (Article VI by Bartholomew Roberts ( Black Bart) and his pirate crew in the Shipboard Articles of 1721), but they got over it dressed as men in order to seek their fortune, or to follow their husbands to sea.
The most famous women pirates included Anne Bonney (Irish1698-1782) and Mary Read (English, 1690-1721, always disguised as a boy), both of them female Pirates of the Caribbean who shared the same ship for some time, Grace O’Malley, famous Irish woman pirate who commanded three galleys and 200 men and Mrs Ching, Chinese wife of a pirate who turned into Piracy after his death. All of them were very brave and went into piracy following their lovers, they even had children and most of them weren’t executed, just imprisoned.
About Blackbeard ( Edward Teach, 1680 – 1718) we don’t know for sure if he had a daughter but it’s possible, because he was supposed to have fourteen wives. He looked fierce because of his black beard. He was the owner or The Queen Anne’s Revenge, one of the most famous pirate ships. You can’t become a pirate like these but you can sing their famous song…
Fifteen men on a dead man's chest
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum
Drink and the devil had done for the rest
Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum.

Discussion ( leave your comments in this page)

1. What do you think about these women?

2. Where they equal to men?

3. Did they fight for women's rights or were they forced by the situation?

4. Do you know other examples of women who had to disguise themselves to survive or work?

If you want to read more: Women in Piracy

Watch Jack Sparrow and Angelica here