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 2,496,168 page views. His biography is available in 27 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 22 in 2019). Henry Every is the 12th most popular pirate (up from 16th in 2019), the 448th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 812th 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 12 out of 25Before him are Anne Bonny, Calico Jack, Mary Read, D. B. Cooper, Bartholomew Roberts, and William Kidd. After him are Sextus Pompey, Benjamin Hornigold, François l'Olonnais, Charles Vane, Ching Shih, and Piet Pieterszoon Hein.

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Among people born in 1659, Henry Every ranks 3Before him are Henry Purcell and Jacob Roggeveen. After him are Hyacinthe Rigaud, Georg Ernst Stahl, Yamamoto Tsunetomo, Sebastiano Ricci, Adam Ludwig Lewenhaupt, Domenico Gabrielli, Adriaen van der Werff, Theodore Eustace, Count Palatine of Sulzbach, and Pieter van der Aa. 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, François Le Fort, and Mary Beale.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Henry Every ranks 448 out of 6,924Before him are Oliver Sacks (1933), William Adams (1564), David Beckham (1975), Gary Moore (1952), Edward the Martyr (962), and Charlie Watts (1941). After him are Robert Brown (1773), Stirling Moss (1929), Anthony Burgess (1917), Deborah Kerr (1921), Roger Penrose (1931), and Jocelyn Bell Burnell (1943).

Among PIRATES In United Kingdom

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