Blackbeard (whose real name was Edward Teach) was a fearsome pirate of both real-world history and legend, active in the 1700's. Although he has a reputation as a vicious criminal, reality shows Blackbeard to be a slightly less than bloodthirsty individual-however, he was a pirate and as such, would regularly commit crimes such as hijacking and looting.
Anne Bonny (c. 1700 - c. 1782) was an Irish woman who became a famous pirate, operating in the Caribbean. Her birth name was Anna Cormac, and her birthplace was Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland. She was the daughter of a servant woman, Mary Brennan, and Brennan's employer, lawyer William Cormac.
A pirate's "Letter of Marque" - a license by a government to attack and loot enemy ships. Queen Elizabeth hired sailors to fight the Spanish. They were called privateers. She didn’t want to use her own navy to fight the mighty Spanish Armada in the Caribbean. When the war was over, the privateers became pirates because they didn’t have jobs anymore. Privateers didn’t attack ships from the country that paid them, but pirates did not usually care about nationality.