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Captain William Kidd and Others of the Buccaneers

John S. C. Abbott

Book Overview: 

Pirate stories galore! Pirate life was not always what it seemed from the outside.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .The boat came bearing the captain of the ship, who was a Dutchman, by the name of Mitchel, and a French gentleman by the name of Le Roy.

Kidd received them in his cabin, and upon inquiry ascertained that the ship and cargo belonged to Mongol merchants; that they had intrusted the command to a Dutch captain, as was not unfrequently the case in those days, and that the French gentleman was merely a passenger accidently on board, passing from one port to another.

These tidings, to use a sailor’s phrase, “struck him all aback.” Holland, as we have mentioned, was England’s ally. The Great Mogul was England’s friend. Kidd must release the ship, or confess himself a pirate and an outlaw, and run the imminent risk of being hanged should he ever return to England. For a moment he seemed lost in thought, bewildered. Then his wicked mind, now rapidly descending into the abyss of sin and shame, rested in a decisive resolve.

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Community Reviews

This should be titled Sir Henry Morgan and Others of the Buccaneers because this book has to be at least 50% about him and his adventures. Not that I'm complaining. It was infinitely interesting, if a little disturbing, learning about this "legal" pirate. If all of the historical accounts are to be

I grew up in an area with a rich history of pirate activity and lore, so I read more books about pirates as a kid than I can remember. Captain Kidd, of course, is one of the better known of the pirating bunch. Dude got around, and he left his mark everywhere he went. Of course, when you're a kid, yo

I write stories, not sure if they are any good but it makes me happy to write them, so I do. During the past seven years or so I've been working on many things but during that time there's one story that I haven't yet been able to finish, so I keep at it, back and forth. I'm almost sure now that I'l