Captain William Kidd's Tragic End

There are many stories about the exploits and adventures of William Kidd. He had been an experienced sailor long before he was at the helm of his own ship.

Time passed and his name spread around England, which later got him commissioned for various tasks. In the latter part of his life, one of those jobs was to hunt pirates which ended in failure.

Because Captain Kidd proved himself invaluable during the war between the English and French, he was commissioned to police the American waters. He was supposed to protect English interests, and attack any pirate ships in the area.
However, instead of cruising up and down along North America’s eastern coast, Captain Kidd sailed off to the Indian Ocean. He decided to become a pirate and began attacking ships. Word of Captain Kidd[']s deeds soon reached England and North America.

When he arrived back in North America, he was apprehended and brought to trial in England. He and his crew were found guilty of piracy, while Kidd was also convicted for the murder of William Moore, one of his crew. And so they were sentenced to the gallows.

Until the very end, Kidd maintained his innocence of the accusations hurled at him and even cited that the failed first attempt at hanging him was a sign from God about the fact. Read more about the execution of Captain William Kidd and the details of his life and death.

(Image credit: Jean Leon Gerome Ferris/Wikimedia Commons)

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