Includes bibliographical references (pages 411-419) and index. Captain Kidd has gone down in history as America's most ruthless buccaneer.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 411-419) and index. Over the centuries, novelists, treasure hunters, and even historians have stoked his legend. But it turns out that most everyone, even respected scholars, have the story all wrong. Captain William Kidd was no career cutthroat; he was a tough, successful New York sea captain, a privateer, who was hired to chase pirates.
Everybody knows the legend of Captain Kidd, America's most ruthless buccanneer. Overall, I found the book a bit of a slog. Few people realize that the facts of his life make for a much better tale. Kidd was actually a tough New York sea captain hired to chase pirates. As it is, it certainly makes you vicariously feel what an ordeal sea travel in the late-17th century must have been. The lives of Kidd and Culliford play out like an unscripted duel: one man would hang in the harbor, the other would walk away with the treasure.
Unfortunately, I found Zacks' writing to be both too tedious as well as too loose at the same time. He fills nearly every page with every minute detail (and frequently about mostly mundane incidents) while all too often slipping into a writing style that is too colloquial for a book that otherwise tries to present itself as serious history.
The Pirate Hunter book. Captain Kidd has gone down in history as America's most ruthless buccaneer, fabulously rich, burying dozens of treasure chests up and down the eastern seaboard. But it turns out that most everyone, even many respected scholars, have the A literary treasure, The Pirate Hunter is a masterpiece of historical detective work, and a rare, authentic pirate story for grown-ups.
The lives of Kidd and Culliford play out like an unscripted duel: one man would hang in the harbor, the other would walk away with the treasure.
The true story of Captain Kidd? Very possibly the closest we may get. Zacks has done a compelling amount of. .
He presents for comparison as much detail of the lives of two men living roughly parallel lives with the various points of divergence. Digging into the documentation, author Richard Zacks contends that Captain William Kidd was not a cutthroat killing pirate; but instead he was a family man renowned as a New York sea captain. Thus, merchants and politicians like the governor of the New York colony hired Kidd to chase down pirates like Robert Culliford to reclaim the booty they stole.
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Culliford climbed from Caribbean cabin boy to pirate captain, once capturing a ship in the Indian Ocean loaded with gold and several dozen wives and daughters of the local Moslem nobility. He divvied up both the gold and the women. This was an era of tall-masted sailing ships, and lords in full wigs; the drama on land played out in the smuggler's haven of New York City and in Cotton Mather-dominated Boston and in edge-of-empire London