Benjamin Hornigold

1680 - 1719

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Captain Benjamin Hornigold (1680–1719) was an English pirate who operated during the tail end of the Golden Age of Piracy. Born in England in the late-17th century, Hornigold began his pirate career in 1713, attacking merchant ships in the Bahamas. He helped to establish the "Republic of Pirates" in Nassau and by 1717 was the captain of one of the most heavily armed ships in the region, called the Ranger. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Benjamin Hornigold has received more than 1,520,983 page views. His biography is available in 22 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 18 in 2019). Benjamin Hornigold is the 14th most popular pirate (up from 15th in 2019), the 659th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 706th in 2019) and the 9th most popular British Pirate.

Benjamin Hornigold was most famous for being a pirate who operated in the Caribbean, off the coast of Central America, and in the Gulf of Mexico. He is also notable for being the mentor of Blackbeard.

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Among pirates, Benjamin Hornigold ranks 14 out of 25Before him are Mary Read, D. B. Cooper, Bartholomew Roberts, William Kidd, Henry Every, and Sextus Pompey. After him are François l'Olonnais, Charles Vane, Ching Shih, Piet Pieterszoon Hein, Stede Bonnet, and Edward England.

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Among people born in 1680, Benjamin Hornigold ranks 2Before him is Blackbeard. After him are Charles Vane, Catherine Opalińska, Richard Cantillon, James Anderson, Archduchess Maria Elisabeth of Austria, Ferdinand Albert II, Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, Saliha Sultan, Ephraim Chambers, Princess Luise Dorothea of Prussia, and Johann Baptist Zimmermann. Among people deceased in 1719, Benjamin Hornigold ranks 3Before him are Françoise d'Aubigné, Marquise de Maintenon and Jean-Baptiste de La Salle. After him are Michel Rolle, John Flamsteed, Marie Louise Élisabeth d'Orléans, Johann Friedrich Böttger, Yamamoto Tsunetomo, Joseph Addison, Adam Ludwig Lewenhaupt, Arp Schnitger, and Boris Sheremetev.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Benjamin Hornigold ranks 659 out of 6,924Before him are Robert Carlyle (1961), Emma, Lady Hamilton (1765), James Lovelock (1919), Jude Law (1972), Freeman Dyson (1923), and Gerard Butler (1969). After him are Richard Griffiths (1947), John Ambrose Fleming (1849), Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick (1428), William Tyndale (1494), Andrew Wiles (1953), and Mary, Princess Royal and Princess of Orange (1631).

Among PIRATES In United Kingdom

Among pirates born in United Kingdom, Benjamin Hornigold ranks 9Before him are Alexander Selkirk (1676), Calico Jack (1682), Mary Read (1695), Bartholomew Roberts (1682), William Kidd (1645), and Henry Every (1659). After him are Charles Vane (1680), Edward Low (1690), and Samuel Bellamy (1689).