A Year: Day to Day Men: 15th of November, Solar Year 2017

On November 15, 1720, the pirates Anne Bonny, Mary Read and John Rackham are captured by Captain Jonathan Barnet and brought to Spanish Town, Jamaica for trial. After the trial, Rackham and his crew were sentenced to hang for acts of piracy, as were Read and Bonny. However, the women escaped the noose when they revealed they were both “quick with child”, so they received a temporary stay of execution.

Mary Read died of a violent fever while in prison. However, there is no historical record of Anne Bonny’s release or of her execution. This has fed speculation that her father ransomed her, that she might have returned to her husband, or even that she resumed a life of piracy under a new identity.

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