|Fact of the Day:-
On 11th December 1695, Bellomont, who was now governing New York, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire, asked the "trusty and well beloved Captain Kidd" to attack Thomas Tew, John Ireland, Thomas Wake, William Maze, and all others who associated themselves with pirates, along with any enemy French ships.
With this Royal commission, Captian kid sailed out of Plymouth in May 1696 in a galley called the Adventure equipped with thirty guns and a crew of eighty men. His first port of call was New York where he increased his company to 155 men, offering every man a share of what was taken, after reserving 40 shares for himself and the owners. He next sailed to Madera, where he took in Wine and other necessities, then to the Cape de Verd Islands' of Bonavista and St. Jago, where he took in salt and other provisions. Then in February 1697, just nine months after leaving Plymouth, he reached Madagascar, the hunting ground of the pirates he seeked ...