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Henry Every

1659 - 1699

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Henry Every, also known as Henry Avery (20 August 1659 – after 1696), sometimes erroneously given as Jack Avery or John Avery, was an English pirate who operated in the Atlantic and Indian oceans in the mid-1690s. He probably used several aliases throughout his career, including Benjamin Bridgeman, and was known as Long Ben to his crewmen and associates.Dubbed "The Arch Pirate" and "The King of Pirates" by contemporaries, Every was infamous for being one of very few major pirate captains to escape with his loot without being arrested or killed in battle, and for being the perpetrator of what has been called the most profitable act of piracy in history. Although Every's career as a pirate lasted only two years, his exploits captured the public's imagination, inspired others to take up piracy, and spawned works of literature. Every began his pirate career while he was first mate aboard the warship Charles II. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Henry Every has received more than 2,851,150 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 27 in 2019). Henry Every is the 14th most popular pirate (down from 12th in 2019), the 647th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 447th in 2019) and the 8th most popular British Pirate.

Henry Every is most famous for being a pirate. He was born in 1659 and died in 1725. His nickname was "Long Ben."

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

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Among people born in 1659, Henry Every ranks 4Before him are Henry Purcell, Jacob Roggeveen, and Georg Ernst Stahl. After him are Yamamoto Tsunetomo, Sebastiano Ricci, Adam Ludwig Lewenhaupt, Pieter van der Aa, Domenico Gabrielli, Adriaen van der Werff, Theodore Eustace, Count Palatine of Sulzbach, and David Gregory. Among people deceased in 1699, Henry Every ranks 3Before him are Jean Racine and Christian V of Denmark. After him are Joseph Ferdinand of Bavaria, Maria Sophia of Neuburg, Mattia Preti, Hortense Mancini, Lucrezia Barberini, Albert V, Duke of Saxe-Coburg, Patrick Gordon, François Le Fort, and Simon Arnauld, Marquis de Pomponne.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Henry Every ranks 647 out of 7,765Before him are Sir Arthur Harris, 1st Baronet (1892), Walter Rothschild, 2nd Baron Rothschild (1868), John Surtees (1934), Andrew Wiles (1953), Louis Wain (1860), and Henry Bessemer (1813). After him are George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon (1866), Julian Barnes (1946), Hugh Laurie (1959), Ernest Thompson Seton (1860), Brook Taylor (1685), and Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick (1428).

Among PIRATES In United Kingdom

Among pirates born in United Kingdom, Henry Every ranks 8Before him are Henry Morgan (1635), Alexander Selkirk (1676), Bartholomew Roberts (1682), Calico Jack (1682), Mary Read (1695), and William Kidd (1645). After him are Benjamin Hornigold (1680), Charles Vane (1680), Samuel Bellamy (1689), and Edward Low (1690).