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Captain William Kidd

Captain William Kidd

Jul 22, 2013

KIDD, Captain William, sometimes Robert Kidd or Kid. In the whole history of piracy there is no name that has so taken the world’s fancy than has that of William Kidd. And yet, if he be judged by his actions as a pirate, he must be placed among the second- or even third-rate masters of that craft. He took but two or three ships, and these have been, after...

Blackbeard – Captain Edward Teach

Blackbeard – Captain Edward Teach

Jul 22, 2013

TEACH, Captain Edward, or Thatch, or Thach, alias Drummond, alias Blackbeard. Arch-pirate. A Bristol man who settled in Jamaica, sailing in privateers, but not in the capacity of an officer. In 1716, Teach took to piracy, being put in command of a sloop by the pirate Benjamin Hornigold. In 1717, Hornigold and Teach sailed together from Providence towards the...