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Famous Pirates – Anne Bonny

Not all the famous pirates were men. Piracy was profession pursued by both genders and a few women became notorious as pirates. One of the better-known was Anne Bonny, who was born in Ireland in the late 1600’s and became a pirate serving under the well-known and much-feared Captain Jack Rackham. She fell in love with Captain Jack and disguised herself as a man while serving on his crew aboard the Vanity.

She was joined by a second female pirate, Mary Read. Mary also dressed up as a man and began a life of piracy when English pirates took over the Dutch ship she was sailing on. She joined them. This crew was later taken over by Captain Jack Rackham, and so Mary and Anne began sailing together. They quickly learned that each other was pretending to be a man and became fast friends.

Poptropica Female Pirates

Did Anne Bonny and Mary Read terrorize Fort Ridley before Captain Crawfish came on the scene?

Both of these women were known to be ferocious with terrible tempers and they were both excellent fighters. Eventually, Captain Jack’s crew was captured by the British Navy near Jamaica. Legend has it that while the male pirates were heavily drinking and hiding below the decks, the two women fought and killed several Navy sailors before they were overwhelmed and taken prisoner.

While Captain Jack and several of his pirates were found guilty and sentenced to hang, both Anne and Mary were spared execution because they were pregnant. Mary died of a fever in prison shortly thereafter, but no one knows what became of Anne. Some say she escaped, and others say her wealthy father paid a ransom for her release. But no matter what became of Anne in the end, her legend lives on.

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52 comments

  1. Wahoo FEMALE pirates lol 😀

  2. Cuddly Walker (Christopher)

    I think I saw Anne Bonny in Skullduggery island.

  3. purpleprincess11

    now thats girl power!! 🙂

  4. yeah. go girl power. sock it to em

  5. ha ha lol yea but go girl power! 🙂

  6. Now that’s more like it. A topic that praises girls!!! 🙂 😉

  7. I adore the women who made us who we are today: FREE AND POWERFUL!!!!!!! 😉 🙂 😉 🙂

  8. i know right! 🙂

  9. GHOST???

  10. YO PEOPLE SEE MY COMMENT ON PIRATE FLAGS

  11. i love ann bonny she can show a guy what a girl can do 😉

  12. Ha ha in to the faces of the rest of Captain Jack’s crew, the men who were drinking and hiding below decks. TALK ABOUT GIRL POWER! 😀

  13. And still no guy has spoken about this comment. Are they sexist or what??? I mean, Girls are powerful. Especially for a guy that really likes them! 😉

  14. YEA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!LOL 🙂

  15. Hey, a question for solvers: Does anyone know if the pirates knew they were girls or what? It doesn’t say so.

  16. Wait, if they knew, they’d probably be sexist and kill them or something. Never mind!

  17. Rominagoescrazy

    Ha girls can do what boys can do and better xD ok maybe not aLWAYS better but.. OH well xD my new fave pirate LOl (:

  18. Rominagoescrazy

    cuz like back in those days it was really sexist in alot of countries and stuff especially France in Mozart’s time (i was forced to learn this xD)

  19. Yeah, I know. My S.S (social studies) teacher shows us dresses girls wore in the old times and says we should wear them. I complain. I am perfectly comfy in my jeans, thanks very much!!! But we know he’s joking… I think. 🙂

  20. And yeah, Anne is my new fav pirate! 😉

  21. wow i new there were girl pirates cause i studied pirates but neva heard of them im still studying and im gonna tell my teacher cool like GIRL POWER 🙂

  22. wow thats amazing cool and awsome ive been reading theese comments i neva new bout this told my friends we neva listen in class dont no if they taught uys this but laura just above says we dident so we probs dident laura your not an animal godess freak 🙂 😉 😀 😛

  23. omg i sooooo am so so so so so am yh im so the animal godess i bet theese girl pirates loved animals like me but i own them :b

  24. AHHHHHHH CANT WAIT CANT WAIT OH YH I CANT WAIT TILL SKULLDUGGERY PLEASE SOMEONE TELL ME IF THEY HAVE A MEMBERSHIP GIVEAWAY

  25. Cuddly Walker (Christopher)

    Bye everybody!

  26. i have a piano exam today.

  27. I still say Blackbeard is my favorite, hence my name.

  28. WHOO! Go girl! But didn’t Anne Bonny have a child with Jack Rackham? Or did Rackham never know that he was hosting two female pirates on board? Oh, well. Even though they were notorious, they were some of the earlier feminists! AW YEAH! New obsession: the earliest women to take a stand against the guys!

  29. Why do pirates need to terroize Fort Ridley???? Why cant they attack Golden Harbor??? Ya Know

  30. duz any1 here CUSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!? 🙂

  31. any1 on

  32. me lol jk 🙂

  33. do u have a gf or bf?

  34. HULLO ANY1 HERE PLS COMMENT ME

  35. Cuddly Walker (Christopher)

    Hi there.

  36. Random. 🙂

  37. OMG. Pirates! Row away!

  38. ungh, how are you supposed to beat this island if you already have, please tell me. i’m trying to trade but nothing will fit on my ship! and the only time i defeated those random pirates that were in the sea was when they were already damaged, and they kept crashing into stuff! and i have all this debt i had to pay, so then i couldn’t buy a bigger ship, everythings going wrong for me! AHHHHHH!!!!! i already have the full map i just can’t get the doubloons! i’m usually AWESOME when it comes to defeating an island! i have three accounts with all the islands defeated! (expect skullduggery.) could i have possibly done something wrong? i just don’t know! >:(

  39. and i’m one of the smartest people in my class! (third to be exact.) how could i actually NOT KNOW?! ( i’m not trying to say i’m like one of the smartest people on the world or anything, but i’m pretty smart. and since i’m so good at poptropica, i was a little surprised.)

  40. @ the cab 10145, only under my breath, as a mumble. or if i’m alone in the house, yes. no one was answering so your question, so i just thought, “eh, what the heck.”

  41. just since i’m on here, i built a arm the exact same size as mine, so a tall 11 year old arm length. i did it using pieces from the now -coming to an end-line of lego’s, bionicle. it has wrist pose-ability,it has an elbow where it bends, the fingers can curl up, and i gave it a sort of muscle on the top half. i even just made a mini version of it today, like a baby’s arm! pretty cool if i do say so myself. 🙂 what’s your opinion of it? tell meh! R.I.P. Bionicle. 🙁

  42. if you’d like to take a better look at the arm and the baby one 2, press my name! 😛 preeessssss itttttttt!!!!!!

  43. purpleprincess11

    skullduggery is nearly impossible COME ON PEOPLE GIVE IT A REST!!!! why must time pass so quickly in poptropica?? i mean i sail from one island to another that only takes 1 minute 5 if im battling and then POOF from day 47 to day 48!!! is that some kind of glitch or did the creators make it that way??!!

  44. purpleprincess11

    try to stay away from pirate outpost if this helps any of u every time i go near i end up battling 2 pirates and when loaning loan the most nescassery amount not the whole i think my loan by now is 1000000 doubloons!! how am i supposed to pay that?? if ur wondering where is CC he’s at the bottom left hand corner- only fight him if u have the steaming fury or phoenix warbird

  45. EVERYBODY!!! I’M GONNA HELP U GUYS! A WAY THAT I ALWAYS DEFEAT THE PIRATES IZ THAT I TAKE ‘EM TO BELOW GOLDEN ISLAND, WHERE THE ROCKS ARE, AND MAKE ‘EM BUMP IN2 THINGS. IT ALWAYS WORKS, AND HELPS ME A TON. ALSO, I WOULD’NT TAKE ON THE SEA CREATURES IF I WERE YOU, ALL THEY DO IS CAUSE DESTRUCTION, AND EVEN IF YOU BEAT ‘EM, PRETTY SURE YOU WON’T GET ANYTHING. 😉 ENJOY FINISHING SKULLDUGGERY!

  46. one more person to add to the greatest “heroes” list (she wasn’t really a hero, being a pirate and all.)

  47. I love your website it rocks and so do u.I hope we can be friends on email

    See Ya,
    Comet

  48. (\_/) LOOK I MADE A BUNNY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    (=’.’=)
    (.) (.)

  49. you get alot actually when you defeat a sea creature lafoutloud its actually more than a pire and easier because theyre’ slow.

  50. I like all of your answers. I think there splinded! And if i get a response please let it be nice! And herman if u know about this say hi, or 1 of ur bro.s.