Found this cool article about real women who were pirates, and awesome at it. Interestingly enough, it was apparently no challenge at all to pass oneself off as a man in those days, although the subterfuge seems almost unnecessary due to the fact that one of the women was named Anne Bonny, and with a name like that they pretty much have to let you be a pirate. The only part of this article I found disappointing was when they describe a particularly good looting . . . of a ship with fifty rolls of tobacco and nine bags of pimiento. I get why tobacco was valuable but had no idea pimento played such an important part in piracy and trade.
September 8, 2011
Ye Lady Pyrates of Olde