Yay for Feminism in the 1700s!

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Anne Bonny and Mary Read are the two most famous women pirates. Though there were many other female pirates, they aren't quite as well known. Each of their stories should be first told seperatly, in order to efficiently understand their story. Anne Bonny was born illegitimately to a lawyer named William Cormac and the maid under his employ, Mary Brennen somewhere near Cork, Ireland and sometime between 1697 and 1700. When their affair became public he, his mistress, and his new daughter moved to America, some place near Charleston, South Carolina, where they started a new life together. William introduced Mary as his wife and was quite succesful. Soon he purchased a plantation where Anne, who was pretty much grown up now, took…show more content…
While in the Horse Regiment she became friends with a fellow soldier and eventually fell in love with him. She confessed her gender and he readily accepted her, especially since he already liked her as a male friend. They left the military soon after and were married. This was the first time in Mary's life that she lived as a woman. They lived happily and started an inn called The Three Horseshoes. Her happiness didn't last long though. Her husband died and she once again lived as a man. She rejoined the military, but didn't enjoy it as she had before. She got on a ship headed for the West Indies. On the way the ship was attacked and captured by Captian Calico Jack and Anne Bonny and Mary was taken aboard (it should be noted that she still was disguised as a man). Anne, being a permiscuois woman, was interested in Mary (as a man) at first sight and soon revealed herself to her. Of course, since Mary was put in this situaion she had to reveal herself also. Though Anne was dissapionted to find out that Mary was not a man, they soon became inseparable friends. Calico Jack started to become jealous of the time Anne was spending with Mary so they had to let him in on their secret. Jack liked the idea of having two women pirates on his ship, so Mary became a member of the crew. Mary soon fell in love again. This time with a young sailor from a ship that had been captured by Calico Jack's crew. The sailor had a disagreement with a pirate on the ship and

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