"Kidd was originally licensed by the British authorities to sail forth as a privateer against the French enemy..." New York at War: 1 of 3: : Four Centuries of Combat, Fear, and Intrigue in Gotham. by Steven H. Jaffe

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"Kidd was originally licensed by the British authorities to sail  forth as a privateer against the French enemy..."   New York at War: 1 of 3: : Four Centuries of Combat, Fear, and Intrigue in Gotham. by Steven H. Jaffe

https://www.amazon.com/New-York-War-Centuries-Intrigue/dp/0465036422/ref=sr11?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1536025055&sr=1-1&keywords=new+york+at+war+jaffe

“Foreign foes have rarely attacked New York directly, but the city has been profoundly involved in the nation's many military conflicts. As Steven Jaffe shows in this novel and absorbing study, Gotham has been banker and arsenal, staging ground and recruiting post, cheerleader and critic, fortification and tempting target. Seen in a series, the wartime experiences are strikingly different, and Jaffe respects each war story's particularity. But he's also good at spotting commonalities, the most intriguing being the way wars abroad become wars at home, with New York's polyglot citizenry battling over a conflict's legitimacy, or which combatant to back. Highly recommended.”

Thomas Fleming, author of 1776: Year of Illusions

“Anyone who's ever lived in New York, or visited it, or thought about visiting it will be fascinated by this book. Even historians will be surprised by some chapters. Steven Jaffe has dug deep and come up with literary gold, again and again.”

Kenneth T. Jackson, editor-in-chief of The Encyclopedia of New York City

“From the Battle of Brooklyn in 1776 to the Battle of the Atlantic in 1943, the great Hudson River metropolis and its huge harbor have been central to the American military experience. New York at War is a page-turner, and it tells an important and fascinating story with authority and distinction.”