Today in History: Captain Kidd Executed in London (1701)

Today in History: Captain Kidd Executed in London (1701)

Captain William Kidd Captain Kidd had a license from Lord Bellomont, the governor of New England and New York, and King William III of England to hunt down pirates and capture French ships.

William Kidd, Artist,  low-fire red earthenware clay, underglazes, crawl glaze

William Kidd, Artist, low-fire red earthenware clay, underglazes, crawl glaze

A secret agreement among pirate hunters, signed by Captain William Kidd, 1696. (Gilder Lehrman Collection)

A secret agreement among pirate hunters, signed by Captain William Kidd, 1696. (Gilder Lehrman Collection)

Captain William Kidd was a Scottish sailor who was executed for piracy after returning from a voyage to the Indian Ocean. Some modern historians deem his piratical reputation unjust, as there is evidence that Kidd acted only as a privateer. Kidd's fame springs largely from the sensational circumstances of his questioning before the English Parliament and the ensuing trial.

Captain William Kidd was a Scottish sailor who was executed for piracy after returning from a voyage to the Indian Ocean. Some modern historians deem his piratical reputation unjust, as there is evidence that Kidd acted only as a privateer. Kidd's fame springs largely from the sensational circumstances of his questioning before the English Parliament and the ensuing trial.

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