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Calico Jack
Calico Jack

"Calico" Jack Rackham, was a pirate captain during the early 18th century. He earned his name from the colorful Calico clothes he wore, but is now most well-known for having the two most famous female pirates in his crew: Anne Bonny and Mary Read. Rackham had been the quartermaster on an English warship called the Neptune under the command of Captain Vane. When Vane subsequently refused to engage a French vessel in battle, the crew was so disgusted that they mutinied and appointed Rackham as leader. Rackham immediately turned, engaged the French vessel and defeated it.

Following this victory and spurred on by the riches aboard the captured ship, Rackham suggested to the crew that they should turn to piracy. Perhaps in part due to the specter of mutiny already hanging over their heads, the crew readily agreed. Later, Rackham decided to take an offer of the King's Pardon and sailed to the shore of New Providence . During this time, Rackham met and fell in love with a married woman named Anne Bonny. Rackham was infatuated by Anne and lavished much of his plunder on her. He then joined the crew of Captain Burgess, who was himself a former pirate turned privateer roaming the Caribbean in search of Spanish ships.

When the affair between Rackham and Anne Bonny became public, the Governor of New Providence threatened to have Anne whipped for her adultery. Rather than leave Anne behind to be flogged, the pair resolved to assemble a crew and steal a sloop. Fearing that the crew would refuse to sail alongside a woman, Anne dressed up as a man and took the name Adam Bonny. She became a respected member of the crew and fought alongside her male counterparts in numerous successful engagements. The governor resolved to capture Rackham and dispatched the pirate-hunter Captain Barnet who pursued and captured them. Rackham and his crew were finally brought to trial at St. Jago De La Vega in Jamaica on November 16, 1720 . He and the remaining members of his crew were found guilty of piracy and hanged the next day. The two women actually escaped the noose by claiming to be pregnant.


Copy courtesy of Pirates of the Caribbean , in Fact and Fiction , Gibson, W. Tobias on http://blindkat.hegewisch.net/pirates/pirates.html {last updated January 2006} and Robert Ossian's Pirate Cove , http://www.ThePirateKing.com


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