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Sam shines up the ship's bell.
He notices you as you come aboard! Aye, let's pick up with how Jean Lafitte got the name fer his new colony, arrrgghh!

Barataria Bay or simply Barataria, as Lafitte called his colony, named after the mythical land sought by Cervantes' Don Quixote was a Garden of Eden. The principle island, Grande Terre, was a combination of sandy beach & palm trees, of lush oaks & oleander, of lagoons & marshes, of shifting tides & foaming waves. Its deep-blue waters were loaded with speckled trout, pompano, blackdrum & flounder, shrimp & crab. Brown pelicans strutted its beaches & flapped their wings in tune to the the drumbeat of roaring surf. In some areas shoreside, thick oaks protected inhabitant from the gales of winds that tended to blow in before a storm. Dangers of hurricane were prevalent during the months from June through October, & often certain parts of the island found itself under several feet of sea after a fierce tropical downpour.

This trio of islands were inaccessible from the Lousiana coast except by sea craft. Grande Terre & the smaller outlying islands were refuges for many a criminal. It is even rumored that Blackbeard hid out there in 1718 from the British Navy. Lafitte didn't establish his "colony" until about 1808. Until that time, the Lafitte brothers' operation was much less complicated. Jean would set up & look for customers for their unique business offers while Pierre, being the better seaman, worked on bringing the needed cargo into the city. The large tariffs that it cost to move their items up the Mississippi was taking a hard chunk out of the Lafitte's pockets. Also, tariffs on slaves were skyrocketing & plantation owners complaining about the costs to acquire those slaves needed to run the plantations. It dawned on Lafitte if he could contract his seaman to drop off the goods at locations outside the coast instead of the normal governmental harbors filled with tax collectors, he could then, by barges or skiffs, smuggle the untaxed goods through the bayous & swamps that he knew so very well.
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