Jack Rackham, commonly known as Calico Jack, was an English pirate captain operating in the Bahamas during the early 18th century. His nickname was derived from the calico clothing he wore. Active towards the end of the "golden age of piracy" Rackham is most remembered for two things: the design of his Jolly Roger flag, a skull with crossed swords, which contributed to the popularization of the design, and for having two female crew members (Mary Read and Rackham's lover Anne Bonny).
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Calico Jack Rackham, from an early 18th century engraving made by an artist who had never seen him. John "Calico Jack" Rackham had mediocre accomplishments as a pirate. His fame comes from the fact that two most famous woman pirates, Anne Bonny and Mary Read sailed under his flag. He was hung at Gallows Point in Port Royal, Jamaica on November 18, 1720. His body was later placed in a gibbet on a small sandbar in the harbor now known as Rackham's Cay.