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Realizing that if he & Pierre attempted such a move they couldn't remain completely invisible; an army would be needed to discourage governmental counteraction. In a bold move, Jean invited all members of his contracted ships, those seamen he had hired to bring in the wares, to make their home on the island with him. It would be, he told them, their essential quarters. Some of them, he knew, had already settled there with their women and were praising the freedom of isolation it offered.

The kingdom of Barataria was born, 1,000 men strong privateers & pirates & ship's carpenters & ship's cooks & sail makers & sail riggers & gunners & navigators. His motley crew hailed from all over the world such as France, Italy, Portugal, Carribea, Germany & Russia as well as many other countries. Lafitte built a gambling house, a European Cafe & also a brothel filled with the finest of New Orleans' ladies of ill repute. He provided housing for families to live. He laid out some laws to rein in too much consumption of the forbidden fruit! Molestation of an innocent woman, the man would be sent adrift, thieves would be lashed, those found guilty of murdering a fellow Baratarian would be hanged. On the same token, any sailor losing an arm or a limb in active service would be reimbursed in gold; the families of any man killed at sea would be well provided for.

Like any businessman operating a quality enterprise, Lafitte demanded order & respect. He ordained himself captain & insisted that his leagues treat him as bos, French for the American word it sounds exactly like. That's right! You are hearing about the ORIGINAL "The Boss"!! The Rights of Citizenship he offered his Baratarians were a blend of moral ethics & pirate code. As long as they performed their duties as plunderers, smugglers, gunners & navigators, as long as they served him & the Baratarian oath of loyalty to him & each other the inhabitants could live there as long as they wanted.
Its was tropical magnificence & inspired the unconventionality in the senses. At dusk it was at its most beautiful: the blush of the reddish sun wrapping it in its glow, the calming rhythm of the waves, the carraw of the gulls on the beach, the bleat of the hornpipes on ships' decks announcing low tide.

.Aye, it was a paradise, with all the things a man could need or wants! Come on let's have some rope climbing races! Aaarrgghh...wha'dya mean yer scared of heights?
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