Female Pirates in American History

Female pirates were a rarity in historical American pirate crews. Typically, pirate ships had highly structured rules which prohibited any women on board. Pirate officials were wary of any "distractions" to their crew, which included women, children, and gambling. They considered women to be bad luck, and thought that they would cause conflicts between crew members. As a result of these rules, very few women became pirates. Most of these female pirates dressed as men in order to join pirate crews and escape societal pressures. Once part of the crew, they became infamous for their strength and skills as sailors. In this website, I write about three female American pirates, Rachel Wall, Anne Bonny and Mary Read. 
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