Washington Irving was an American author, essayist, biographer, historian, and diplomat of the early 19th century. Returning to England from a year’s tour of Germany and France, Irving wrote Tales of a Traveller. “The Money Diggers” section of this collection contains five connected stories about pirates and buried treasure. "Kidd the Pirate" is a short story based on legends of Captain William Kidd. The story begins with the words "In old times, just after the territory of the New Netherlands had been wrested from the hands of their High Mightinesses, the Lords State-General of Holland by Charles the Second". This "unquiet state" is said to have led to an increase in adventurers, buccaneers, pirates, and privateers... What happens next? Read this story to find adventures that will not leave you indifferent.