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Circa 1500-1700 (Wikipedia.com)*

  • Adorno, Giorgia.  1558 died.  Malta.
    Knight of Malta active in the Mediterranean. Originally from Naples, he was elected "Captain General of the Galleys" in 1547, 1549, 1557 and 1558.
  • Alday, James.  1516-1576.  England.
    An English privateer. Raided Spanish ports with James Logan and William Cooke.
  • Ali, Uluj (Gionvanni Dionigi).  1519-1587.  Turkey.
    An Italian-born Muslim corsair, who later became an Ottoman admiral and Chief Admiral (Kaptan-i Derya) of the Ottoman Fleet in the 16th century.
  • Allen, Richard.  1572 died.  England.
  • Alvel, Nicholas.  1600s.  England.
    Active in the Ionian Sea.
  • Ango, Jean .  1480-1551.  France.
    A French ship owner who provided ships to Francis I for exploration of the globe.
  • Aruj.  1474-1518.  Ottoman Empire.
    An Ottoman privateer and Bey (Governor) of Algiers and Beylerbey (Chief Governor) of the West Mediterranean.
  • Awilda.  1400s.  Scandinavia.
    She and some of her female friends dressed like sailors and commandeered a ship.
  • Axe, Samuel.  1600s.  England.
    An English privateer in Dutch service, Axe served with English forces in the Dutch Revolt against Habsburg rule.
  • Barbaross, Hayreddin.  1478-1546.  Ottoman Empire.
    An Ottoman privateer and later Admiral who dominated the Mediterranean for decades.
  • Barton, Sir Andrew.  1466-1511.  Scotland.
    Served under a Scottish letter of marque, but was described a pirate by English and Portuguese.
  • Blauvent, Abraham.  1600s.  Netherlands.
    One of the last Dutch corsairs of the mid-17th century, Blauvelt mapped much of South America.
  • Brower, Hendrik (Enrique).  1581-1643.  Netherlands.
    Brouwer was a privateer who fought the Habsburgs during the Dutch revolt, holding the city of Castro, Chile hostage for a period of two months.
  • Butler, Nathaniel.  1578 died.  England.
    Despite a comparatively unsuccessful career as a privateer, Butler was later colonial governor of Bermuda.
  • Callis (Calles), John.  1500s.  England.
    Welsh pirate active along the southern coast of Wales.
  • Cavendish, Thomas.  1560-1592.  England.
    The first man to intentionally circumnavigate the globe, Cavendish also raided numerous Spanish towns and ships in the New World.
  • Collaart, Jacob.  1625-1635.  Netherlands.
    A Flemish admiral who served as privateer and one of the Dunkirkers in Spanish Habsburg service during the Dutch Revolt, responsible for the destruction of at least 150 fishing boats.
  • Compaan, Claes.  1587-1660.  Netherlands.
    Former Dutch corsair and privateer, he later became a pirate and was successful in capturing hundreds of ships in Europe, the Barbary coast and West Africa.
  • Danziker, Simon.  1611 died.  Netherlands.
    Dutch corsair and privateer who later became a Barbary corsair. He and John Ward dominated the Western Mediterranean during the early 17th century.
  • de Bouff, Jan.  1600s.  Netherlands.
    de Bouff served as a Dunkirker in Habsburg service during the Dutch Revolt.
  • de Cordes, Baltazar.  1601 est died.  Netherlands.
    A Dutch corsair who fought against the Spanish during the early 17th Century.
  • De Veenboer.  1620 died.  Netherlands.
    Former Dutch corsair and privateer. Later became a Barbary corsair under Simon the Dancer and eventually commanded the Algiers corsair fleet.
  • Donia, Pier Gerlots.  1480-1520.  Germany (Frisia).
    A Frisian warrior, pirate, freedom fighter, folk hero and rebel.
  • Easton, Peter.  1570-1619.  England.
    A privateer, then pirate, who was able to retire in Villefranche, Savoy with an estimated worth of two million pounds.
  • Fleury, Jean.  1500s.  France.
    French privateer and naval officer under Jean Ango. Seized three Spanish ships carrying Aztec treasure from Mexico to Spain in 1523.
  • Heinason, Magnus.  1545-1589.  Faroe Islands.
    Faroese naval hero and privateer. Was executed for piracy, though charges were later dropped.
  • Henszlein, Klein.  1500s.  Germany.
    A 16th-century pirate who raided shipping in the North Sea until his defeat and capture by a fleet from Hamburg
  • Janszoon, Jan.  1570-1642.  Holland.
    Turkish service of the "Fleet from Sale"
  • Jelckama, Wijerd.  1490-1523.  Germany (Frisia).
    The nephew of Pier Gerlofs Donia (also known as Grutte Pier), fought along his side against the Saxon and Hollandic invaders.
  • Jink, Sheng (Cheng Chin).  1643-1682.  China.
    Chinese pirate and warlord. The eldest son of Koxinga and grandson of Zheng Zhilong, he succeeded his father as ruler of Tainan and briefly occupied Fukien.
  • Kenki, Shiramama.  1600s.  Japan.
    Japanese pirate and one of the first Japanese with whom the southern Vietnamese kingdom of the Nguyn Lords made contact.
  • le Clerc, Francois (Jambe de Bois).  1550s-1560s.  France.
    Known for his sacking of Santiago de Cuba in 1554
  • Love, Peter.  1610 died.  England.
    An English pirate who set up base in the Outer Hebrides and was active around Ireland and Scotland. He was betrayed by the outlaw Neil MacLeod and executed in 1610.
  • Menendez de Aviles, Pedro.  1519-1574.  Spanish.
    A Spanish Admiral and pirate hunter, de Aviles is remembered for his destruction of the French settlement of Fort Caroline in 1565.
  • Reis, Salih.  1488-1568.  Ottoman Empire.
    A Turkish privateer and Ottoman admiral.
  • Reis, Turgut.  1485-1565.  Ottoman Empire.
    A Turkish privateer and Ottoman admiral as well as Bey of Algiers; Beylerbey of the Mediterranean; and first Bey later Pasha of Tripoli.
  • Simon (Zyman) the Dancer.  1600s.
    Netherlands.  One of the leading Barbary corsairs, was based in Algiers and Tunis during the early 17th century.
  • Takanobu, Matsura.  1529-1599.  Japan.
    One of the most powerful feudal lords of Kyushu and one of the first lords to allow trading with Europeans
  • Trondson (Rustung), Kristoffer.  1500s.  Norway.
    A Norwegian nobleman turned pirate and privateer. Operated in the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. Gave up piracy in 1542 and eventually became admiral of the Danish Fleet.
  • Zhi, Wang.  1500s.  China.
    One of the chief figures amongst the wokou of the 16th century.
  • Zhilong, Zheng (Chen Chih Lung).  1604-1662.  China.
    A convert to Christianity, Zhilon collaborated with Dutch forces, helping to create a monopoly on trade with Japan.

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