We all know the great male pirates and maybe the two Anne Bonny and Mary Read. But there were more female pirates, even more. This is just a small list of the more famous ladies who have dedicated themselves to piracy.
1. Queen Teuta 232 to 228 B.C., Teuta is an Illyrian personality of the 3rd century B.C., considered as queen of the Ardiaei tribe. She became regent for her young son-in-law Pinnes d'Illyrie and carried out acts of piracy in the Adriatic Sea which led to the first Illyrian War against the Roman Republic in 229-228 BC.
2. Jeanne de Belleville (or Jeanne de Clisson) 1300–1359 , Jeanne de Belleville called "the Breton tigress" became a pirate to avenge the execution of her husband under the orders of King Philip VI of France. She bought three boats to fight the race against the French merchant ships. After a few years of naval fighting during which she inflicted serious losses on the French, she lost her ship as a shipwreck.
3. Grace O'Malley around 1530-to 1603 ., O'Malley is the anglicized version of her Irish name Gráinne Ni Mháille, and she was nicknamed Granuaile. She is an important figure in 16th century Irish folklore.At the head of the O'Malley Clan when her husband died, she fought for control of her positions and Clew Bay.It finances various trade and piracy activities and regularly participates in these activities itself. She was captured and imprisoned because of her clandestine activities, but was quickly released (for no known reason). A series of battles, captures, rebellions, ransoms and releases will follow.
4. Sayyida al-Hurra 1485-1542 is a Morrocan princess of Tetouan, regent of the city from 1515 to 1542. She is considered one of the most important personalities of the Muslim West in modern times. It is known for its struggle against the Portuguese who occupied Ceuta and for its alliance with the Turkish privateer Arudj Barberousse.
5. Jacquotte Delahaye around 1660 is an active pirate in the Caribbean and the subject of many legendary stories. She is nicknamed "Back from the Red Death" in reference to her red hair and her strategy of posing as dead to escape her enemies. She led a clan of several hundred pirates and dominated several small Caribbean islands.
6. Anne Dieu-le-veut 1661-1710 is a French pirate who settled in the Caribbean. She accompanied her third husband Laurent-Corneille Baldran, known as de Graaf, who had murdered her second husband, Pierre Lelong, at sea, and shared with her command and booty.
7. Charlotte de Berry Born in 1636 At the age of seventeen or eighteen, she fell in love with a sailor and married him against her parents' wishes. Travesty as a man, she followed him aboard her ship and fought alongside him.
8. Ching Shih 1775-1844 She is considered the most powerful pirate in the history of piracy. At the height of its power, it ran a fleet of more than 1,500 ships and 80,000 men and controlled most of the waters of the China Sea.
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