4. Black Caesar
Not to be confused with the Haitian revolutionary and pirate Henri Caesar, who plundered the seas a hundred-odd years later, the original Black Caesar was perhaps the most famous pirate of African descent–although the crews of the most successful pirates, including Samuel Bellamy and Blackbeard, were largely made up of ex-slaves. The story goes that he is one of the only pirates that didn’t spill his guts when captured, but paid the cost to be the boss. Other black pirates worth mentioning are James Black, Thomas Gates, Richard Stiles, and James White, and Hendrick Quintor.