Was Captain William Kidd a pirate or privateer before he was hanged?

Captain William Kidd was a privateer, not a pirate. There’s a difference, believe it or not.

England’s East India Company was one of his financial backers, and French ships were considered fair game.

However, in the course of his tour, Kidd took a French ship that was sailed by Moors. To preserve ties with India, the East India Company railroaded him.

was captain william kidd a pirate or privateer before he was hanged

Kidd was arrested in Boston and transported to England for trial.

Kidd was not allowed to present his evidence; the jury found him guilty of piracy, and he was hanged.

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