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Lafitte the Pirate

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No fictional swashbuckler could ever rival Jean Lafitte's dramatic life. From his hidden base in the Louisiana swamps at Barataria Bay, Lafitte mounted daring raids on ships in the Gulf of Mexico. His battles with the law were the stuff of legend: when Governor Claiborne of Louisiana offered a reward for the buccaneer's capture, Lafitte responded with a bigger reward for the governor! But when the British asked for his help in their invasion of Louisiana during the War of 1812, the pirate instead joined forces ...

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Overview

No fictional swashbuckler could ever rival Jean Lafitte's dramatic life. From his hidden base in the Louisiana swamps at Barataria Bay, Lafitte mounted daring raids on ships in the Gulf of Mexico. His battles with the law were the stuff of legend: when Governor Claiborne of Louisiana offered a reward for the buccaneer's capture, Lafitte responded with a bigger reward for the governor! But when the British asked for his help in their invasion of Louisiana during the War of 1812, the pirate instead joined forces with Andrew Jackson to win the Battle of New Orleans. Later, the brigand moved his operation to Galveston and harried Mexican vessels in support of the Texans seeking independence.

Lyle Saxon's superbly written account examines Lafitte's fascinating career, and frees the truth of the pirate's life from the web of fantastic myths which grew up around him. Did Lafitte participate in the French Revolution as a lad? What was his role in the plot to rescue Napoleon from his exile on St. Helena? And where is Lafitte's treasure hidden? Lafitte the Pirate is a classic work which will appeal to both adventure lovers and students of Louisiana history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882893952
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/1989
  • Series: Southern Library Series
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 938,635
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Lyle Saxon (1891-1946) ranks among Louisiana's most outstanding writers. During the 1920s and 1930s he was the central figure in the regionís literary community, and was widely known as a raconteur and bon vivant. In addition to Father Mississippi, Lafitte the Pirate, and Children of Strangers, he also wrote Fabulous New Orleans, Old Louisiana, The Friends of Joe Gilmore, and was a co-author of Gumbo Ya-Ya, with Edward Dreyer and Robert Tallant. During the Depression, he directed the state WPA Writers Project, which produced the WPA Guide to Louisiana and the WPA Guide to New Orleans.
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Table of Contents

I The Brothers Lafitte 3
II At the Blacksmith Shop 12
III Old New Orleans 20
IV The Smugglers 27
V Barataria 34
VI Gambi and Dominique You 44
VII "Callalou" 52
VIII The Arrest 61
IX On Sunday Afternoon 67
X General Humbert's Birthday Dinner 75
XI The Lafittes become Outlaws 81
XII Open Defiance 90
XIII Two Rewards are Offered 96
XIV Pierre Goes to Jail 104
XV Jean Acquires a Lawyer and a Mistress 114
XVI John Grymes and Edward Livingston 119
XVII The Governor's Lady 124
XVIII The British Offer 129
XIX The Double-Dealers 140
XX Barataria is Destroyed 153
XXI General Andrew Jackson 160
XXII The Pirates Become Patriots 172
XXIII A Lion Among the Ladies 186
XXIV Reinstated to Citizenship 194
XXV Public Opinion Veers About 199
XXVI The Spanish Spies 205
XXVII Galveston 214
XXVIII All Things to All Men 224
XXIX The Last of Campeachy 240
XXX Fragments 257
XXXI The Legendary Lafitte 271
XXXII Buried Treasure 290
Bibliography 299
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