John Rackham (1682-1720), also known as Calico Jack, was a famous English pirate who operated during the final years of the Golden Age of Piracy (1650-1730). He and two other pirates combined to cause havoc before eventually being caught. Of the three, only he was executed. Why?

Answer: The other two pirates, Anne Bonny (1697-1782) and Mary Read (1685-1721), were women. The two are among the most famous female pirates.

Source: St. Augustine Pirates and Privateers by Theodore Corbett

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