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Captain Kidd: The Hunt for the Truth

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The execution of Captain William Kidd on 23 May 1701 is one of the most controversial and revealing episodes in the long history of piracy. The legend that has grown up around Kidd’s final voyage, his concealed treasure and the dubious conduct of his trial, has made him into one of the most intriguing and misunderstood figures from the golden age of piracy. For either Kidd was a legal privateer or he was a wicked pirate – indeed he has been described as one of the most feared pirates to sail the high seas. But ...
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Overview

The execution of Captain William Kidd on 23 May 1701 is one of the most controversial and revealing episodes in the long history of piracy. The legend that has grown up around Kidd’s final voyage, his concealed treasure and the dubious conduct of his trial, has made him into one of the most intriguing and misunderstood figures from the golden age of piracy. For either Kidd was a legal privateer or he was a wicked pirate – indeed he has been described as one of the most feared pirates to sail the high seas. But his story is complex and ambiguous. This timely new account of Kidd’s life and seafaring career reassesses the man and his legend – it makes compelling reading.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844159611
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Limited
  • Publication date: 3/23/2011
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction 1

1 Early Years 3

2 In New York 15

3 An Idea Blossoms 22

4 A New Ship 36

5 Hunting Pirates 44

6 Bad Luck and Trouble 50

7 India 61

8 Mutiny in Africa 77

9 The Most Infamous Pirate Ever 85

10 Arrested 99

11 At the Old Bailey 100

12 The Devil's Jig 120

13 Kidd's Legacy 123

Annexe A Crew Members Who Served with Kidd 125

Annexe B Legend 127

Annexe C Timelines of Kidd's Maritime Career 129

Annexe D Articles of Agreement 132

Annexe E Letters Concerning Kidd 135

Annexe F Pirates and Privateers - Kidd Compared 137

Further Reading 149

Notes 150

Index 163

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