Anne Bonny, one of the most famous piratesse History,in an artistic portrait

Anne Bonny, one of the most famous piratesse History,in an artistic portrait

Despite navigation, of any kind, for centuries has been closed to the fairer sex, there have been daring women and against able to challenge laws and conventions of their times, managing to carve out a prominent place in areas for the exclusive prerogative of men, including the brutal and fascinating world of piracy.

He lived in the fifth century Alwilda, the first female pirate we news; daughter of Scandinavian monarch Synardus, He had the temerity to refuse marriage to the man that had been promised, the Alf principle, preferring to get on a ship dressed as a man at a time in the Baltic.

If Alwida history mixes with the legend does not allow us to establish a clear boundary between biography and fiction, but it seems that the girl, after becoming the captain of a pirate fleet and have raided numerous boats, It was flushed out just from Alf, who eventually married.

About ten centuries after the adventures of Alwida, the waters of Northern Europe experienced the impetus and courage of another pirate, Grace O'Malley (1530-1603), Irish; hounded by the British and cornered, the young woman he agreed with Elizabeth I, choosing to stop the activity that he had known and rich yield in exchange for a good annuity.

illegitimate daughter of an Irish lawyer to avoid the scandals dressed as a man and took her to the Americas, Anne Bonny It became Bucaniera for love, that is, after beginning an affair with a pirate Calico Jack; in 1720 the band also joined Mary Read, whose personal history was very similar to that of Anne and the three together plundered several ships in the Caribbean seas, until they were captured and sentenced to death.

Both, however, managed to escape piratesse: were pregnant and so was spared them hanging (Photo gives: paperdroits.com).

Imaginative portrait of Anne Bonny, Mary Read e Calico Jack

Imaginative portrait of Anne Bonny, Mary Read e Calico Jack