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Calico Jack Rackham
Born : UnknownJohn Rackham was nicknamed
"Calico Jack" because of the calico britches and coat that he usually wore. He
was not one of the most infamous pirates in history, but is better known because
of his connection to the two famous female pirates, Anne Bonny and Mary Read.
Died : 1720
Rackham is first mentioned in pirate history as the quartermaster of the
ship Treasure in 1717 under the captain Charles Vane. Rackham later deposed Vane
as captain of the ship after Vane was ruled incompetent by the other crewmembers
for neglecting to attack a French ship which seemed promising.
Jack is best known for his relationship with female pirate Anne Bonny, whom he
stole away (willingly) from her wastrel husband. They fought side by side in
battle, and eventually he turned over control of the ship to the two women, Anne
Bonny and Mary Read.
Soon thereafter, the ship was captured and in
November of 1720, nearly the entire crew was sentenced to hanging in Jamaica.
For More on Anne Bonny and Mary Read, click on their names on the
Pirate Bios Index.