Calico Jack

1682 - 1720

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John Rackham (hanged 18 November 1720), commonly known as Calico Jack, was an English pirate captain operating in the Bahamas and in Cuba during the early 18th century. His nickname was derived from the calico clothing that he wore, while Jack is a nickname for "John". Rackham was active towards the end (1718–1720) of the "Golden Age of Piracy". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Calico Jack has received more than 3,649,218 page views. His biography is available in 42 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 39 in 2019). Calico Jack is the 5th most popular pirate (up from 7th in 2019), the 373rd most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 379th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular British Pirate.

Calico Jack was a pirate who sailed the Caribbean Sea in the early 18th century. He is most famous for his involvement in the capture of the slave ship "The Concorde" in 1720.

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Among pirates, Calico Jack ranks 5 out of 29Before him are Hayreddin Barbarossa, Blackbeard, Eric of Pomerania, and Anne Bonny. After him are Henry Morgan, Mary Read, Bartholomew Roberts, D. B. Cooper, François l'Olonnais, William Kidd, and Henry Every.

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Among people born in 1682, Calico Jack ranks 3Before him are Charles XII of Sweden, and Louis, Duke of Burgundy. After him are Bartholomew Roberts, Şehsuvar Sultan, Giovanni Battista Morgagni, Johann Friedrich Böttger, Jacopo Amigoni, Princess Albertina Frederica of Baden-Durlach, William VIII, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel, Jan van Huysum, and Claudine Guérin de Tencin. Among people deceased in 1720, Calico Jack ranks 2Before him is Sukjong of Joseon. After him are Eleonor Magdalene of Neuburg, Maria Barbara Bach, Edward England, Maria Margaretha Kirch, Abdul-Qādir Bedil, Antoine Coysevox, Anne Dacier, Peter Tordenskjold, Giovanni Maria Lancisi, and Balaji Vishwanath.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Calico Jack ranks 373 out of 8,785Before him are Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough (1660), John Ruskin (1819), William Laud (1573), Princess Alice of Battenberg (1885), Harthacnut (1018), and Anne, Princess Royal (1950). After him are Martin Ryle (1918), Harold Pinter (1930), Hugh Grant (1960), George Mallory (1886), G. H. Hardy (1877), and Kenneth Branagh (1960).

Among PIRATES In United Kingdom

Among pirates born in United Kingdom, Calico Jack ranks 2Before him are Blackbeard (1680). After him are Henry Morgan (1635), Mary Read (1695), Bartholomew Roberts (1682), William Kidd (1645), Henry Every (1659), Benjamin Hornigold (1680), Charles Vane (1680), Samuel Bellamy (1689), Thomas Tew (1649), and Edward Low (1690).