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Calico Jack

Pirate Calico Jack

Full Name: John Rackham
Profession: Pirate

Nationality:
England
English

Why Famous: Known variously as Calico Jack, Jack Rackham or John Rackham, Jack was a famous pirate during the Golden Age of Piracy in the early 18th century. He captained several vessels, most notably the Kingston, if only briefly. His piratical career only lasted two years before his sloop was captured and he was executed in 1720.

Jack is most famous for having had two female companions as pirates, his lover Anne Bonny, and Mary Read. He met Bonny in New Providence in 1719 after having received a pardon for his previous piracy; she was married at the time but joined his crew, along with Read, then disguised as a male.

Captured on 20 October 1720, he was hanged in November in Port Royal, British Jamaica.

Born: December 26, 1682
Birthplace: Unknown, Kingdom of England
Star Sign: Capricorn

Died: November 17, 1720 (aged 37)
Cause of Death: Executed by hanging for piracy in Port Royal, Jamaica

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