Though he is one of the most famous pirates in history, modern scholarship has questioned whether Captain Kidd should have been considered a true pirate. Apparently the English crown considered him a pirate, because he was held at Newgate Prison and then hung on this day in British history, 23 May 1701. Early in his life, William Kidd served as an apprentice on board a ship, but before long he’d become a member of a pirate ship’s crew. Before the ship had embarked on its voyage, however, Kidd had spent time in New York where he befriended many influential socialites and...

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