Eustass Kid by xla009


Underwater explorers in Madagascar say they have discovered treasure belonging to the infamous 17th-Century Scottish pirate William Kidd. A 50kg silver bar was brought to shore on Thursday on the island of Sainte Marie, from what is thought to be the wreck of the Adventure Galley. Capt Kidd was appointed by the Crown to tackle piracy and capture enemy French ships, but turned to piracy himself and became a ruthless criminal. In 1698, he looted the Armenian ship the Quedagh Merchant, which was apparently sailing under a French pass. The Quedagh Merchant had been carrying satins, muslins, gold and silver. Unfortunately for Kidd, the captain of the ship was an Englishman, and it is thought that a large amount of the cargo belonged to the British East India Company. Capt Kidd was captured and brought back to London. He was found guilt of piracy and the murder of one of his crewmen during a row in 1697, and sentenced to death.

Scottish pirate Captain Kidd’s treasure found off Madagascar, BBC, 7 May 2015


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