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Ye know how's when ye makes a rule, someone has just gots to "test" it! And one fella did just that. He ransacked an outgoing American ship loaded with gold, something that tempted this pirate sorely. He couldn't let it pass & it was to his doom. Lafitte hung him for the offense & it discouraged other such attempts. But Lafitte was the Boss, & with that a boss is responsible for the wrong his lieutenants may do. This mistake by this insurgent
would come back to haunt Lafitte for evermore.
Jean Lafitte routed the goods & slaves through 40 miles of bayous & swamps.to finally reach New Orleans.
This was a testament to his enterprise & ingenuity. He produced a series of different ways of navigating through complicated & otherwise impenetrable mass of jungle flora, fauna & pests. The murky waters are floored with quicksand & undertows. The walls of these waterways were of moss draped cypress trees with tall marsh grass that blinds the traveler's path & hides the strike of a cottonmouth moccasin at any given turn & surrounded by alligators, lizards, mosquitoes, & a hundred different natural dangers to human flesh! Lafitte widened areas & dugout deep canals to manage the huge barges that were filled with stolen goods. Some of these barges were reported to be 100ft long hued out from giant cypress trees. The digging of the canals where one of the first engineering feats to begin in a long line of man made helps to the Mississippi!
As beautiful as it is dangerous, the jungle marshes could lead the most confident man astray & make direction keeping impossible even using a compass. The sunlight rarely permeates; late afternoons & evenings, a wanderer could drift into a stupor lulled by its natural symphony of croaking frog, caterwaul of a dozen or so species of birds & the humming whirr of the wind that eddies & reverberates to play over and over again.
Jean Lafitte understood how easily a man could get lost in these places. He knew the marshes, bayous, & swamps completely. Daily these barges & skiffs traveled back & forth from his colony to New Orleans.
Just south of the city of New Orleans, the barges were unloaded to small canoe-like boats called pirogues. Those in them hurried to New Orleans. The final routes on the trip were the Bayou St. John, the tiny lakes & other open waterways beyond the U.S. customs stations. On their banks, the freight was again unloaded, inventoried and placed on flatbeds and in tarpaulined wagons for delivery to the shop owners awaiting them. Through this process, avoiding the tariffs, Lafitte was able to monopolize the lion's share of trade commerce.
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