Pirates, Privateers, Corsairs, Explorers & More

The names of all of the Pirates, Privateers, Corsairs and Explorers that I have compiled biographies for so far are all listed for you below.  Feel free to sort the columns to help find the biography you need.  Clicking on someone's name will take you to that person's biography...

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Name

Born

Died

Title

Lope de Aguirre

c. 1518

1561

Explorer

Hernando de Alarcon

Unknown

16th Century

Explorer

Mansel Alcantra

Unknown

Unknown

Pirate

King Alfonso V

1432

1481

Explorer

William Howard Allen

1790

1822

Privateer

Diego de Almagro

1475

1538

Explorer

Pedro de Alvarado

c. 1485

1541

Explorer

Princess Alvilda (fictional?)

Unknown

Unknown

Pirate

Captain Thomas Anstis

Unknown

1723

Pirate

Louis Michel Aury

1788

1821

Pirate

Pedro Menendez de Aviles

1519

1574

Explorer

William Baffin

Unknown

1622

Explorer

Vasco Nunez de Balboa

1475

1519

Explorer

Captain Balestrier

Unknown

c. 1742

Corsair

Aruj Barbarossa

c. 1473

1518

Corsair

Khair ad Din Barbarossa

c. 1475

1546

Corsair

Willem Barents

1550

1597

Explorer

Sebastian de Belalcazar

1495

1551

Explorer

Samuel Bellamy

Unknown

1717

Pirate

Abraham Blauvelt

Unknown

1663?

Pirate

Stede Bonnet

Unknown

1718

Pirate

Anne Bonny

Unknown

1720

Pirate

George Booth

Unknown

c. 1710

Pirate

Roche Braziliano

c. 1630

c. 1675

Pirate

Etienne Brule

c. 1592

1633

Explorer

Dixie Bull

Unknown

Unknown

Pirate

Samuel Burgess

1690

1716

Pirate

Alvar Nuńez Cabeza de Vaca

c. 1490

1557

Explorer

John Cabot

1450

1499

Explorer

Sebastian Cabot

1476

1557

Explorer

Pedro Alvarez Cabral

1467

1520

Explorer

John Callice

Unknown

1587

Pirate

Juan Sebastian del Cano

1476

1526

Explorer

Jacques Cartier

1491

1557

Explorer

Thomas Cavendish

1560

1592

Explorer

Samuel de Champlain

1567

1635

Explorer

Dirk Chivers

Unknown

Unknown

Pirate

Eric Cobham

Unknown

1760?

Pirate

Maria Cobham

Unknown

1760?

Pirate

Roberto Cofresí

1791

1825

Pirate

Edward Collier

1550

1605

Pirate

Christopher Columbus

1451

1506

Explorer

Claes Gerritszoon Compaen

1587

1660

Privateer

Christopher Condent

Unknown

1770

Pirate

Francisco Ferdinand de Cordoba

1475

1526

Explorer

Francisco Vasquez de Coronado

1510

1554

Explorer

Gaspar & Miguel Corte-Real

1412

1502

Explorer

Hernando Cortez

1485

1547

Explorer

Juan de la Cosa

1460

1510

Explorer

John Coxon

Unknown

Unknown

Pirate

Robert Culliford

Unknown

June, 1719

Pirate

William Dampier

1652

1715

Privateer

Howell Davis

Unknown

June, 1719

Pirate

John Davis

1550

1605

Explorer

Daniel Defoe

1660

April, 1731

Explorer

Bartolomeu Dias

1450

1500

Explorer

Bernal Diaz del Castillo

c. 1492

c. 1581

Explorer

Juan Diaz de Solis

1470

1516

Explorer

Sir Francis Drake

c. 1540

1596

Privateer

Réné Duguay-Trouin

1673

1736

Privateer

Jean Thomas Dulaien

Unknown

1695

Privateer

Peter Easton

1570(?)

1619(?)

Pirate

James Ferguson

Unknown

1717

Pirate

Martin Fernandez de Encisco

1470

1528

Explorer

Edward England

Unknown

1720

Privateer

Eustace the Monk

c. 1170

1217

Privateer

John Evans

Unknown

1724

Pirate

Henry Every

Unknown

1695

Pirate

Juan Fernandez

c. 1536

1604

Explorer

Martin Frobisher

1535

1595

Explorer

Vasco da Gama

1460

1524

Explorer

José Gaspar (a.k.a. "Gasparilla")

Never

Never

Pirate

Gasparilla (a.k.a. "José Gaspar")

Never

Never

Pirate

Charles Gibbs

Unknown

1831

Pirate

Sir Humphrey Gilbert

1539

1583

Explorer

Nathaniel Gordon

1826

1862

Pirate

"Red Legs" Greaves

Unkown

1680

Buccaneer

Sir Richard Grenville

1542

1591

Explorer

Juan de Grijalva

1480

1527

Explorer

John Halsey

Unknown

1708

Pirate

John Harrison

1693

1776

Explorer

John Hawkins

1532

1595

Privateer

Jonas Berntsson
Lambert-Wenman

c. 1665

c. 1732

Corsair

Henry the Navigator

1394

1460

Explorer

Benjamin Hornigold

Unknown

1719 (?)

Privateer

Henry Hudson

c. 1565

1611

Explorer

Domingo Martinez de Irala

1451

1566

Explorer

Henry Johnson

Unknown

Unknown

Pirate

Thomas Jones

Unknown

Unknown

Pirate

John Julian

Unknown

1733 (?)

Pirate

William Kidd

1645

1701

Pirate

John King

Unknown

1717

Pirate

François l'Olonnais

Unknown

1668

Pirate

Jean Lafitte

Unknown

1821

Pirate

Francois Le Clerc

Unknown

1563

Corsair

Edward Low

Unknown

1724

Pirate

George Lowther

Unknown

1723

Pirate

Ferdinand Magellan

1480

1521

Explorer

David Marteen

Unknown

Unknown

Pirate

William May

Unknown

Unknown

Pirate

Captain Christopher Mings

Unknown

1666

Pirate

Henry Morgan

c. 1635

1688

Pirate

Luis de Moscoso Alvarado

1505

1551

Explorer

Panfilo de Narváez

1478

1528

Explorer

Jean David Nau

Unknown

1668

Pirate

Noland Richard

Unknown

Unknown

Pirate

Nathaniel North

Unknown

1707

Pirate

John Nutt

Unknown

Unknown

Pirate

Alonso de Ojeda

c. 1465

1515

Explorer

Grace O'Malley

c. 1530

Unknown

Pirate

Juan de Ońate

c. 1550

1630

Explorer

Francisco de Orellana

c. 1490

1546

Explorer

Robert Ossian (a.k.a. "Pirate King")

Unknown

Never!

Explorer

William Parker

Unknown

1617

Pirate

Martin Alonso Pinzón

c. 1565

1611

Explorer

Vicente Yáńez Pinzón

1463

1514

Explorer

Francisco Pizarro

c. 1475

1541

Explorer

Marco Polo

1254

1323 (?)

Explorer

Juan Ponce de Leon

1460

1521

Explorer

Lawrence Prince

Unknown

Unknown

Pirate

Gonzalo Jimenez de Quesado

c. 1509

1579

Explorer

Hendrick Quintor

Unknown

1717

Pirate

“Calico” Jack Rackham

Unknown

1720

Pirate

Sir Walter Raleigh

1554

1618

Privateer

Mary Read

Unknown

1720

Pirate

Manuel Pardal Rivero

Unknown

1670

Privateer

Joseph Rivers

Unknown

1717

Pirate

Bartholomew Roberts

Unknown

1723

Pirate

Woodes Rogers

1679(?)

1732

Privateer

Cheng I Sao (a.k.a. Ching Shih)

1775

1844

Pirate

Elizabeth Shirland

Unknown

Unknown

Pirate

Simon Simonson

Unknown

1609

Pirate

Hernando de Soto

c. 1496 (?)

1542

Explorer

Francis Spriggs

Unknown

c. 1725 (?)

Explorer

Klaus Störtebeker

c. 1360

1401

Privateer

Ralph Stout

Unknown

Unknown

Pirate

Gertrude Imogene Stubbs

1879

1921

Pirate

Edward Teach (a.k.a. "Blackbeard")

Unknown

1718

Pirate

Guillame Le Testu

c. 1509

1572

Pirate

Thomas Tew

Unknown

1695

Pirate

Pedro de Valdivia

1498

1554

Explorer

Charles Vane

Unknown

1719

Pirate

Diego Velasquez de Cuellar

1465

1524

Explorer

Giovanni da Verrazano

1485

1528

Explorer

Amerigo Vespucci

c.1454

1512

Explorer

Sebastian Vizcaino

1550

1615

Explorer

Rachel Wall

Unknown

1789

Pirate

Welser Family

15th Century

17th Century

Explorer

Godeke Wessels

Unknown

1402

Privateer

Palgrave Williams

Unknown

Unknown

Pirate

Richard Worley

Unknown

1718

Pirate

John Yeates

Unknown

Unknown

Pirate

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