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Uploaded on Feb 27, 2011
Captain William Kidd has the reputation of being one of the most colourful and celebrated pirates. Born in Scotland he went to sea as a young man and became a legitimate privateer for the British government in 1689, plundering French ships for the Crown. Kidd was later given a royal commission to capture pirates but decided it would be more lucrative to become one instead. After years of attacking ships off the coasts of Africa and America he was eventually captured and brought back to London for trial where he was hanged on Executioner's Dock on the Thames in May 1701. For centuries after his death treasure hunters tried unsuccessfully to find the location of his hidden booty.