Mary Read


Mary Read, sometimes spelt Reade (b. c. 1690), was an infamous pirate during the Golden Age of Piracy (1690-1720) active in the Bahamas until her capture by the Jamaican authorities in 1720. As a crew member of the English pirate John Rackham, aka 'Calico Jack' (d. 1720), Read dressed as a man in battle and fought courageously in her last stand against the authorities while her fellow male pirates hid below decks.

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