KMGN: This article in Sillyhistory kept me interested and intrigued from beginning to end. It sparked creative questions as well as investigative questions like, What happened to Mary Read? How many other female pirates were there? And so on…. Have a read. Comment. I promise you will like this one.
There aren’t many women pirates in the Caribbean that we know of. However, Captain Johnson immortalized two such women: Anne Bonny and Mary Read. Much of what he tells us about them is probably untrue. Still, it’s worth looking even at his fibs to see what they tell us about women in the early 18th century.
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In his book, A General History of the Robberies and Murders of the Most Notorious Pirates, Captain Johnson[i] devotes a whole chapter to each of the women pirates, and they are entertaining reading.
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