William Kidd Fact Sheet: Who was Captain William Kidd? The following short biography and fact sheet provides interesting facts about the life, times and history of Captain William Kidd.
William Kidd Fact File Biography: Lifespan: 1645 - 1701 *** Full Name: Captain William Kidd *** Occupation: Scottish Sailor, Privateer and Pirate *** Date of Birth: Captain William Kidd was born on January 22nd 1645 *** Place of Birth: Captain William Kidd was born in Dundee, Scotland *** Family background: His father was Captain John Kyd who would die at sea *** Early life and childhood: He grew up in Dundee, Scotland *** Education: Captain William Kidd would have received some education ***
William Kidd Fact 1: Captain
William Kidd was born on January
22nd 1645 and during the 17th
century period in history when
Europeans began to colonize the
Americaís in earnest, the Ming
Dynasty began to collapse, in the
Near East, the Persian, Ottoman and
Mughal empires were on the rise and
many innovations were being made in
science, medicine, technology and
William Kidd Fact 9: With a full complement of men they set sail for the Cape of Good Hope to look for pirates. While taking on supplies on Comoros, Kidd would lose one third of his crew to an outbreak of cholera. His new ship developed leads and having expected to encounter pirates off the coast of Madagascar, they again located none.
William Kidd Fact 10:
The captain then set a course for
the Strait of Bab-el-Mandeb, a
stretch of water at the southerly
most point of the Red Sea, another
popular hunting area for pirates but
again was dumbfounded at not
William Kidd Fact 17: Robert Culliford was the pirate and there are several versions of events, none that actually have been proven to have taken place. What is known is that Kidd would have only thirteen loyal crewmen remaining after the others bailed and joined Cullifordís crew.
William Kidd Fact 18: Deciding to make their way homeward, Kidd order the Adventure Galley burned as she was worm ridden and leaky and set sail for home aboard the Adventure Prize. En route to New York City he learned of his situation as being wanted for piracy and that he was being hunted by various English men-of-war.
William Kidd Fact 19: Taking
precautions to reach his destination
before being apprehended, he
switched vessels. One back in
Boston, he was arrested and
imprisoned and would be held for
over a year before being sent to
England where he was questioned
.William Kidd Fact 21: Captain William Kidd was found guilty on charges of piracy and murder. On May 23rd 1701 at Execution Dock in Wapping, London he was hanged and his body gibbeted over the River Thames.
Influence & Legacy: Legend has it that on his return to America he hid treasure in the hopes of using it to get himself out of trouble and after his death this has led to many instances of treasure hunters trying to locate the hidden treasure.
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