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Date:9/17/2014 9:46:25 AM
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Jean Lafitte was by definition, a pirate. Under his rule were 50 sailing ships & an army of buccaneers at his beckon call. He had them stationed in Barataria Bay. Located at the mouth of the mighty Mississippi. He fortified these three islands that made every ship have to sail very close to all three to get thru the passage.

Barataria, with its three islands Grande Terre, Grande Isle & Cheniere Caminada all occupied by Lafitte's brigands, was literally a fortress; no ship could pass into or out of the Mississippi without having to squeeze past this trio of islands. Out toward the awesome Gulf of Mexico Lafitte's siege guns aimed oiled, packed & ready to literally sink any interference from the waters.
.It was on the isle of Grande Terre that Lafitte built a brick 2 story home that faced out towards the open sea. When he wasn't in New Orleans conducting business, he could be found at his home filled with luxurious decor gathered for himself from the vast
quantities of stolen treasures. In his comfortable office, whose wide arched doors invited the scent of chamomile, he & his lieutenants planned upcoming forays into the shipping lanes, choosing which waterways might proffered this season's best takes.

Lafitte was also a slave trader. It was nothing more to him than a required item that rich plantation growers needed to run their businesses. For the mores of the times, this was not thought of as it is today. They looked on it as a way to live the life style that they were accustomed to at that day & age. Some slaves were bought by the clergy to help with the monastery grounds in Louisiana & the vegtable gardens adjacent to the Ursuline Convent in New Orleans. Of his personal treatment of slaves, Lafitte was known for treating his slaves kindly.

Aye, lads & lassies, Jean Lafitte had big plans fer his life & wanted to make his dreams come true! I will continue tomorrow about this savvy pirate-smuggler & how his colony got started! Arrr...I needs a pink squeeze
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