Treasure and Intrigue: The Legacy of Captain Kidd

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Three hundred years ago, Captain William Kidd was hanged for piracy, but before he died he claimed to have hidden a vast fortune in the Indies. In the years since, maps to the fabled island have appeared and there have been many attempts to recover that treasure. This book examines Kidd's life against the backdrop of piracy in the Indian Ocean and concludes that there is much to justify his claim, and even more to his story - a life of piracy thrust upon him by noble backers, men who broke their own laws and then let him die for their crimes.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
9
Foreword
11
Introduction Pieces of the Puzzle
15
Chapter 1 The Hanging of William Kidd
29
Chapter 2 The Riches of the East
53
Chapter 3 Piracy in the Indian Ocean
71
Chapter 4 Captain Kidd and His Commission
93
Chapter 5 The Sailing of the Adventure Galley
106
Chapter 10 Treasure Island
191
Chapter 11 William Dampier Buccaneer
209
Chapter 12 Captain Charles Johnson
232
Chapter 13 The Long Voyage Home
251
Chapter 14 Testimonies and Letters
274
Chapter 15 Recovering the Treasure
294
Appendix I Articles of Agreement Signed at New York for the Voyage of the Adventure Galley
313
Appendix II Biographical Details of Kidds and Cullifords Crews
317

Chapter 6 The Taking of the Queddah Merchant
120
Chapter 7 Robert Culliford and the Encounter at St Marie
139
Chapter 8 Navigation in the Seventeenth Century
155
Chapter 9 The KiddPalmer Charts
168
Appendix III Kidds Backers and Others
326
References
341
Index
345
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About the author (2002)

Graham Harris is a retired civil engineer living in Bedeque, PEI. He has authored a number of articles and books of a technical and historical nature, including The Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah: A Geotechnical Perspective, which was the basis for a recent BBC documentary, and Oak Island and its Lost Treasure.

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