John Rackham (1680?-1720) was an English pirate who sailed in the Caribbean during the "Golden Age of Piracy. He was not one of the more successful pirates, as most of his victims were fishermen and lightly armed traders. Nevertheless, he is remembered mostly because of the two female pirates, Anne Bonny and Mary Read who served under his command.
Thomas was born in Newport, Rhode Island. He was one of the first pirates to successfully sail around the Cape of Good Hope into the Indian Ocean and plunder the treasure ships of the Great Mogul of India.
In September 1695, Tew met his gory demise during a fight with a Mogul ship, when his stomach was torn away with a cannon ball.
Bartholomew Roberts (1682-1722) was a Welsh pirate, and was the most successful capturing and looting more ships than Blackbeard, Edward Low, Jack Rackham and Francis Spriggs put together. At the height of his power, he had a fleet of four ships and hundreds of pirates. His success was due to his organization, charisma and daring. He was killed in action by pirate hunters off the coast of Africa in 1722.