After a short pirate career aboard ‘The Revenge’, Calico Jack Rackham, Ann Bonny, Mary Read and the rest of the crew were finally captured in October 1720 by the pirate hunter Jonathan Barnet, after a fight led by Mary Read and Anne Bonny; the rest of the crew including Rackham being drunk at the time of capture. Rackham was executed in Port Royal on November 18, 1720, his body then gibbeted on display on a very small islet at a main entrance to Port Royal now known as Rackham's Cay. Anne Bonny and Mary Read both claimed to be pregnant at their trials, ten days after Rackham's execution, and so were given a temporary stay until the claim was proven. Read died in April 1721, most likely of fever related to childbirth, while Bonny was spared execution, possibly because of her father’s connections and died of old age in 1782.
Tryals of Jack Rackham, Ann Bonny and Mary Read. 1720
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