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Who was William Kidd?
Born in Greenock, Scotland on 1645, William Kidd will
be recorded in history as Captain Kidd, a cruel bloody pirate accused
traditionally of all crimes in pirate history with the aid of his crew according
to the legends.
However, he was a privateer hired by the government
to protect all British shipping in the Indian Ocean. Son of a reputable Scottish
family, he began his sea career after the death of his father, and for 30 years
he would be working freely from one ship to another, saving the British troops
from destruction after war broke out between France and England.
Commanding a vessel named "Blessed William”,
Captain Kidd operated as a privateer in the West Indies by 1689. In 1691, he
moved to New York achieving big success as an honorable merchant after he
married a 20 years old widow. Captain Kidd was an honest citizen who was awarded
with £150 after capturing an enemy privateer on the New England coast.
Captain Kidd was called back into service in
England and then sent again to the West Indies, where he committed the huge
mistake of his life after this he was accused of piracy.
He recruited a crew of cutthroats in New York that
eventually joined the pirates in Madagascar. The crew that did not join the
pirates tried to threaten Captain Kidd with mutiny, but in a fight for control,
he killed a man, an incident that changed his life.
Kidd became a pirate when he arrived to India’s
Malabar Coast decided to plunder the Quedagh Merchant, a treasure ship of 400
tons. Captain Kidd succeeded and suddenly he was in the possession of one of the
greatest booties of all time.
Sadly, the treasure was property of a powerful British East India Company that
ordered his immediate capture. Captain Kidd was shipped back to England where he
was sentenced to death and hanged in 1701.
William 'Captain' Kidd
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