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Date:7/26/2014 10:22:03 AM
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Lafitte wasn't just wanting to get anything to market. He wanted quality, efficiency, & acceleration of products to their places to be bought. Making the trips by water, if the weather wasn't cooperating, the goods could take up to a week to get there. These delays could leave store shelves emptied, medicines in want, & food stuffs rotten. If it were a shipment of slaves, it could be a disastrous affects on harvests being lost by the plantation owners. But Lafitte had a clever plan, he was the first to create retail outlets! Here, the wanting public could come to browse, to shop, to buy an endless contraband at exorbitantly reduced prices & take the treasures home in their conveyances that very afternoon.

Lafitte required a place accessible to the general public & after careful consideration with brother Pierre, chose an ideal spot. Within the bayous were "islands" or chenieres both large & small :girthed by dense oak; because of their elevation, they often caught the seashells that floated in from the Gulf &, to that extent, their ground was carpeted with these shells. The largest of these was a well-known, very reachable one, halfway between New Orleans & Barataria Bay, referred to as "The Temple." It derived its name from the fact that hundreds of years earlier local Native Americans used it as a sacrificial altar. He heavily advertised his wares on large posters set all over New Orleans to come & browse "Jean Lafitte's Bazaar & Slave Auctions Tomorrow at the Temple. For Your Delight Clothing, Gems, & Knick Knacks From the Seven Seas!"

And the public came. In droves. They partook of the sales, grabbing armloads- full of paraphernalia. Often, while their men loitered near the slave platforms to share the canisters of Cuban stogies & chewing snuff, wives balanced sun parasols over their heads while cradling imported fineries to their bosoms; the finer ladies brought a score of servants along to carry the day's purchases for them. Children enjoyed the sugar cane pralines & taffies boiled by the pirates' mistresses on site & given away free. Lafitte was always sure to be on hand himself to relate with the men & charm their females.

Lafitte finally achieved what he wanted for a very long time. His name was a household word. Everyone knew his name, especially the new governor of Louisiana, Governor William Charles Cole Claiborne. He was one of the few who chagrined it.

Arrrrgghh!! Isn't that the way when things seem to be goin' along & everybirdies happy except just one who's just got to come in there and ruin it fer everyone! GARRRR! I thanks ye fer votin' & sees ye tomorrow fer more tales of Captain Jean Lafitte! I'd be obliged if'n ye pressed that votey button on yer way out! Arrr....
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