Privateer

Famous Privateers

Famous Privateers - Throughout History

During the 16th century, privateers such as Francis Drake were operating. Effectively they were pirates, however they were protected by ‘letters of marque’ issued by their governments. These letters gave them authority to attack and plunder ships from the countries they were at war with. In return they would share the spoils with their government.

Facts about some of the more famous privateers can be found below.

Famous Privateers - Fun Facts for Kids !

1: Francis Drake: Born c1540/4 - died 1596. Famous for helping defeat the Spanish Armada. More Facts about

2: Henry Every: Born 1659 - died Unknown. Famous as one of the few pirates who retired with his plunder, Every had been a privateer. More Facts about

3: Martin Frobisher: Born c1535/9 - died 1594. Famous for his expeditions to Canada and fighting against the Spanish Armada. More Facts about

4: Humphrey Gilbert: Born c1539 - died 1583. Famous for his attempts to colonise North America. More Facts about

5: John Hawkins: Born 1532 - died 1595. Famous for being the first English slave trader and helping defeat the Spanish Armada. More Facts about

6: Richard Hawkins: Born c1562 - died 1622. Famous for record of his 1530 expedition that was published in 1622. More Facts about

7: Benjamin Hornigold: Born c1680 - died 1719. Famous for giving Blackbeard his first captaincy, Hornigold had once been a privateer. More Facts about

8: William Kidd: Born 1645 - died 1701. Famous for the treasure he is reputed to have hidden, Kidd started out as a privateer. More Facts about

9: Henry Morgan: Born c1635 - died 1688. Famous for his attacks on Spanish settlements, Morgan spent most of his life in Jamaica. More Facts about

10: Walter Raleigh: Born c1552 - died 1618. Famous for being a favourite of Queen Elizabeth I and starting the first English settlement in America. More Facts about

11: Edward Teach: Born 1680 - died 1718. Famous for his piratical acts as Blackbeard, Teach started out as a privateer. More Facts about

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