Calico Jack

1682 - 1720

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John Rackham (December 26, 1682 – November 18, 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" which lasted from 1650 to 1725. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Calico Jack has received more than 2,735,801 page views. His biography is available in 38 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 34 in 2019). Calico Jack is the 7th most popular pirate, the 296th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 267th in 2019) and the 4th 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 7 out of 25Before him are Hayreddin Barbarossa, Blackbeard, Henry Morgan, Eric of Pomerania, Alexander Selkirk, and Anne Bonny. After him are Mary Read, D. B. Cooper, Bartholomew Roberts, William Kidd, Henry Every, and Sextus Pompey.

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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, Johann Friedrich Böttger, Giovanni Battista Morgagni, Jacopo Amigoni, Jan van Huysum, Şehsuvar Sultan, William VIII, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel, Princess Albertina Frederica of Baden-Durlach, and Roger Cotes. 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, Peter Tordenskjold, Abdul-Qādir Bedil, Antoine Coysevox, Maria Margaretha Kirch, Anne Dacier, Henri de Massue, Earl of Galway, and Balaji Vishwanath.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Calico Jack ranks 296 out of 6,924Before him are Alfred North Whitehead (1861), David Lloyd George (1863), Beatrix Potter (1866), Mary of Teck (1867), Caroline Matilda of Great Britain (1751), and Thomas Andrews (1873). After him are Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (1947), Oswald Mosley (1896), Jane Goodall (1934), Richard Trevithick (1771), Jacqueline Bisset (1944), and Syd Barrett (1946).

Among PIRATES In United Kingdom

Among pirates born in United Kingdom, Calico Jack ranks 4Before him are Blackbeard (1680), Henry Morgan (1635), and Alexander Selkirk (1676). After him are Mary Read (1695), Bartholomew Roberts (1682), William Kidd (1645), Henry Every (1659), Benjamin Hornigold (1680), Charles Vane (1680), Edward Low (1690), and Samuel Bellamy (1689).