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a Chinese pirate and trader of the 16th century, one of the chief named and known figures among the wokou ("Japanese" pirates) prevalent during the reign of the Jiajing Emperor. Although he was the leader of a great smuggling syndicate that launched many raids against China, he himself had never participated in a raid in person. It is said he was the captain of the Chinese junk that carried a number of Portuguese traders that shipwrecked on Tanegashima, off the coast of Japan in 1543, marking the first contact between Europe and Japan.
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Wang Zhiunknown1540
 
1559unknown

Sayyida al Hurra14851510
 
1542unknown
 Allied with the Turkish corsair Barbaros of Algiers. al Hurra controlled the western Mediterranea...
Robert Boroughunknown1543
 
 
1543unknown
 was born in Devonshire, received a patent for the robbery of the French courts.
Hayreddin Barbarossa14781504
 
15451546
 an Ottoman admiral of the fleet who was born in the island of Midilli (Lesbos) and died in Consta...
Michael Jamesunknown1545
 
 
1545unknown
 
Francis Bemeunknown1530
 
1549unknown
 In 1539 this Baltic pirate was cruising off Antwerp, waiting to waylay English merchant vessels.
Hans Van Meghlynunknown1530
 
1549unknown
 A pirate of Antwerp, who owned a vessel of forty-five tons, painted black with pitch, and carried...
James Alday15161540
 
15491576 ca
 a 16th-century English navigator, explorer and privateer. He participated in raids against the Sp...
William Cookeunknown1540
 
1549unknown
 
Kristoffer Trondson1500 ca1535
 
15591565
 a squire, admiral, feudal overlord in Norway and Denmark, privateer captain and pirate. Kristoffe...
Giorgio Adornounknown1550
 
15591558 ca
 Italian pirate and knight of Malta. He worked around Malta and Italy. He was captain of the gall...
Delizuff unknown1550
 
1559unknown
 Barbary corsair. In 1553, while Barbarossa was sailing from Algiers to Constantinople, he was joi...
Captain Eastonunknown1550
 
1559unknown
 Joined the Barbary pirates in the sixteenth century, succeeding so well as to become, according t...
Henry Strangwaysunknown1552
 
15601562
 an English "Gentleman Pirate" who attacked Spanish and other shipping. He was repeatedly imprison...
Aisaunknown1540
 
1560s 9unknown
 A famous Mediterranean pirate, and one of Dragut's admirals (Aisa was Drugat's nephew) in the six...
Cigalaunknown1551
 
1561unknown
 
Turgut Reis14851500
 
15651565, Jun 23
 an Ottoman Greek Admiral and privateer who also served as Bey of Algiers; Beylerbey of the Medite...
Salih Reis1488 ca1529
 
15681568
 a Turkish privateer and Ottoman admiral. In 1529, he took part in the Turkish-Spanish battle near...
Captain Robert Blondel1530 ca1550
 
15681568 ca
 wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_San_Juan_de_Ulúa_(1568) ....... French captai...
Takanobu Matsura15291540
 
15691599, Apr 1
 a 16th-century Japanese samurai and 25th hereditary lord of the Matsura clan of Hirado. He was on...
Francois Le Clercunknown1550
 
15691563
  a 16th-century French privateer, originally from Normandy. He is credited as the first pirate in...
Matsura Takanobu15291550
 
15691599, Apr 1
  a 16th-century Japanese samurai and 25th hereditary lord of the Matsura clan of Hirado. He was o...
Mustaphaunknown1558
 
1569unknown
 In 1558 he sailed, with a fleet of 140 vessels, to the Island of Minorca. Landed, and besieged th...
Lady Mary Killigrew [3]unknown1530
 
1570unknown
 Mary was the daughter of a former Suffolk pirate. Mary's husband Sir Henry Killigrew, a former pi...
Jacques de Soresunknown1550
 
1579unknown
 A French pirate whose sole documented act was his attack and burning of Havana in 1555. Other tha...
Giovanni Dionigi15191536
 
15871587, Jun 21
 an Italian born corsair (privateer) who later became an Ottoman admiral (Reis), Bey of the Regenc...
Grace O'Malley15301550
 
16031603
 chieftain of the Ó Máille clan in the west of Ireland, following in the footsteps of her father...
George Cliffordunknown1558
 
1605unknown
 an English peer, naval commander and courtier of Queen Elizabeth I. He helped to prepare an exped...
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