Jack Rackham, also known as Calico Jack, was a notorious pirate who sailed the Caribbean during the early 18th century. Born in England around 1682, Rackham began his seafaring career as a quartermaster aboard a pirate ship captained by Charles Vane.
After Vane was deposed as captain, Rackham formed his own crew and began attacking ships along the coast of Jamaica and Hispaniola. He quickly gained a reputation as a daring and flamboyant pirate, known for his love of fine clothes and extravagant jewelry.
However, Rackham's greatest claim to fame came from his association with two of the most famous female pirates of all time, Anne Bonny and Mary Read. Rackham sailed with both women aboard his ship, and together they formed a formidable partnership, feared and respected by their male counterparts.
Despite his success as a pirate, Rackham's career was short-lived. In 1720, his ship was captured by a British naval vessel, and he was eventually tried and convicted of piracy. He was hanged in Port Royal, Jamaica, along with several members of his crew.
Rackham's legacy lives on in popular culture, where he is often depicted as a swashbuckling adventurer and romantic hero. His association with Anne Bonny and Mary Read has also helped to cement his place in history as one of the most famous and influential pirates of all time.