History's Most Famous Pirates. The term pirate refers to a person who commits acts of violence at sea, such as robbing ships. Pirates are some of history’s most interesting and feared figures. The public’s interest in pirates has led to the creation of many books and movies over time. While most of the pirates you have heard about did their deeds long ago, pirates are still wreaking havoc around the globe to this day. This guide will give you a brief look at history’s most famous pirates.