The pirate lafitte and the battle of new orleans
The Pirate Lafitte and the Battle of New Orleans by Robert TallantThe swamps of Barataria below New Orleans bore many strange legends and tales. Some said that the men of the swamps were pirates and smugglers. Others argued that it could not be true because their leader was none other than the ever-reputable, true gentleman Jean Lafitte. He lived a secret life behind the facade of his blacksmiths shop in the Vieux Carre, and he remained the bitter enemy of Governor Claiborne until the famous Battle of New Orleans, in which the pirate-turned-hero joined Gen. Andrew Jackson to protect the city from the invading British. Combining tales of pirates, mystery, battle, true events, and real people, this story is a thrilling chapter from American history.
Thank you! A disappointing, and, we think disturbing departure from the generally wholesome emphasis of the Landmark Books is this story of the slave smuggler and privateer who became honored as a patriot because of his aid to the Americans in the battle of New Orleans. Young people in the late teens might well be able to appreciate the difference between an ally enlisted through expediency and a true patriot who shares the ideals of his companions in arms, but most youngsters equating ""patriotism"" with men of the caliber of Washington and Lincoln, are apt to be naturally uncritical. It is unfortunate, therefore, that the ""big operator"", ""Capone character"" of Lafitte is favorably warmed under the rosy light of American patriotism. Lafitte's bold undertakings in privateering, his empire on the island of Baratavia, his shrewd dealings in slaving are gleefully treated by Mr.
Jean Lafitte, sometimes spelled Laffite, was born in approximately in either France or Saint Domingue modern day Haiti and according historian H. By Lafitte operated as a pirate in Louisiana. Lafitte purchased slaves in the West Indies, where they were cheap, and then smuggled them into Louisiana where they were expensive because of this federal ban on slave imports. Additionally, Lafitte worked for the government of Cartagena, modern day Columbia, to sabotage Imperial Spanish commerce, which helped that former colony achieve independence. By the terms of this commission, Lafitte and his brothers could keep any commerce captured. However, American law prohibited the legal landing and selling of these stolen goods in the United States but that did not stop the Lafitte brothers who made their home base in the Barataria Bay of Louisiana, near New Orleans. Barataria Bay was perfect for their smuggling operations as the islands and bayous south of New Orleans protected their base.
When Andrew Jackson arrived in New Orleans on the former pirate gunners earned praise as the battle continued.
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