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Tales from the Source: Captain Kidd: Pirate or Privateer?

Companion website to the Tales from the Source videos. Discover more resources for finding primary sources in history.

Captain Kidd Web Resources

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Who was the real William Kidd? A swashbuckling privateer acting on behalf of his majesty's government?


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Or a ruthless pirate who killed a mutinous crewman?


Chapter Two of "Tales from the Source"

Captain Kidd in Popular Culture

Below is a version of The Ballad of Captain Kidd. Click here for an overview of the many versions of this song,


Below is a 1945 movie about Captain Kidd starring Charles Laughton.

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