During the Golden Age of Piracy in the early 1700s, pirates ruled the Caribbean. They cut off trade routes and plundered merchant ships. Pirates made off with prizes of tobacco, fabrics, rum, weapons, food, and more. Of the several thousand pirates in the Caribbean in 1720, there were only two known women. One was Anne Bonny, a woman with a fierce temper and strong will. Dressed in men s clothing, Bonny was known to wield a cutlass, carry a gun, run gunpowder, and take an active role in every attack. The other was Anne s friend Mary Read. Their stories as pirates sailing with Calico Jack are legendary.