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Ep28. Pirate Calico Jack
Episode 285th October 2020 • The BackTracker History Show • The Backtracker
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Avast there me hearties. International Talk like a pirate day is upon us once more so batten down yer hatches and park your broadside down as we take on, not one but three scurvy pirate sea dogs. Listen to this treat for your lug holes while I gets me some grog.

John Rackham, also known as “Calico Jack,”  was not one of the more successful pirates, and most of his victims were fishermen and lightly armed traders. He was an English pirate famous for two reasons: his design of the famous Jolly Roger flag (a skull with two crossed swords), and for having two female pirates, Mary Read and Anne Bonny, in his crew.
Find out all about his escapades as well as his fate.


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