Who was the first female pirate

Were there pirates too?


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Were there pirates too?

There is only ever talk of pirates and never of pirates. Wasn't there any? We wanted to know if there were women on the pirate ships.

When we hear the word "pirate" we usually think of adventure novels like "Treasure Island" or movies like "Pirates of the Caribbean". Our imagination creates pictures of historical sailing ships and men with swords or muskets.

Shipping and trading at sea have been around for a very long time. Rivers and seas are traditional routes of transport, and robbers have always tried to ambush the loaded ships and get at the cargo.

"Piracy" - a risk
The word "piracy" is derived from the Greek word "peiran". It means something like "dare, undertake, try". Later, the term "peirates", initially only used for Greek pirates, was adopted in the language of all seafaring peoples - regardless of whether the pirates called themselves pirates, capers, corsairs, Likedeelers or filibustiers.

Women were officially forbidden on the ships. The pirates were probably afraid that because of the women there would only be trouble among the rough and tough men and that the women would not be able to cope with the hard life on board.

Nevertheless, we know of some women on board the pirate ships. Two are still famous even today: Anne Bonny and Mary Read. Both fell in love with a pirate captain and went hunting for prey with him. The two English women fought just as wildly and resolutely as their male colleagues.

But although they were excellent pirates, no one on deck was allowed to recognize them as women. Because women were definitely forbidden on the ship. So Anne Bonny and Mary Read had to camouflage themselves well. They always wore men's clothes so that they would not be recognized. Since the men also had long hair and wore baggy shirts and trousers, it wasn't so difficult.

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