16 Facts About Anne Bonny


Anne Bonny, sometimes Anne Bonney, was an Irish pirate operating in the Caribbean, and one of the few female pirates in recorded history.

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Anne Bonny was born in Ireland around 1700 and moved to London and then to the Province of Carolina when she was about 10 years old.

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Around 1718 she married sailor James Anne Bonny, assumed his last name, and moved with him to Nassau in the Bahamas, a sanctuary for pirates.

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All three were sentenced to death, but Anne Bonny and Read had their executions stayed because both of them were pregnant.

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Anne Bonny's was said to be born in Old Head of Kinsale, in County Cork, Ireland.

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Anne Bonny's was the daughter of servant woman Mary Brennan and Brennan's employer, lawyer William Cormac.

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Anne Bonny's father abandoned the original "Mc" prefix of their family name to blend more easily into the Charles Town citizenry.

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Anne Bonny's married a poor sailor and small-time pirate named James Bonny.

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However, it is known that sometime between 1714 and 1718, she and James Anne Bonny moved to Nassau, on New Providence Island, known as a sanctuary for English pirates called the Republic of Pirates.

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Anne Bonny disliked the work her husband did for Governor Rogers.

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Anne Bonny's met John "Calico Jack" Rackham, and he became her lover.

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Anne Bonny's disguised herself as a man on the ship, and only Rackham and Mary Read were aware that she was a woman until it became clear that she was pregnant.

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Anne Bonny's then rejoined Rackham and continued the pirate life, having divorced her husband and married Rackham while at sea.

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Anne Bonny took part in combat alongside the men, and Governor Rogers named her in a "Wanted Pirates" circular published in The Boston News-Letter.

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Speculation over the relationship between Anne Bonny and Read led to images depicting the two in battle together.

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In 2020, a statue of Anne Bonny and Read was unveiled at Execution Dock in Wapping, London.

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