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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 !
Famous Privateer   1:Francis Drake: Born c1540/4 - died 1596. Famous for helping defeat the Spanish Armada. More Facts about Sir Francis Drake the Privateer
Famous Privateer   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 Henry Every the Privateer
Famous Privateer   3:Martin Frobisher: Born c1535/9 - died 1594. Famous for his expeditions to Canada and fighting against the Spanish Armada. More Facts about Sir Martin Frobisher the Privateer
Famous Privateer   4:Humphrey Gilbert: Born c1539 - died 1583. Famous for  his attempts to colonise North America. More Facts about Sir Humphrey Gilbert the Privateer
Famous Privateer   5:John Hawkins: Born 1532 - died 1595. Famous for becoming the first English slave trader and helping defeat the Spanish Armada. More Facts about Sir John Hawkins the Privateer
Famous Privateer   6:Richard Hawkins: Born c1562 - died 1622. Famous for record of his 1530 expedition that was published in 1622. More Facts about Sir Richard Hawkins the Privateer
Famous Privateer   7:Benjamin Hornigold: Born c1680 - died 1719. Famous for giving Blackbeard his first captaincy, Hornigold had once been a privateer. More Facts about Benjamin Hornigold the Privateer
Famous Privateer   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 William Kidd the Privateer
Famous Privateer   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 Henry Morgan the Privateer
Famous Privateer 10:Sir 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 Sir Walter Raleigh the Privateer
Famous Privateer 11:Edward Teach: Born 1680 - died 1718. Famous for his piratical acts as Blackbeard, Teach started out as a privateer. More Facts about Edward Teach the Privateer
Famous Privateers - Fun Facts Info for Kids !

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