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They couldn't understand why they put up with so much smuggling & the smugglers themselves! Governor Claiborne came into the city waving an olive branch but to make these unorderly miscreants behave themselves, he had to have a weapon in the other hand. He became unpopular very fast.

Governor Claiborne knew of Lafitte's smuggling & even brushed shoulders with him at some of the socialites parties. With his obvious popularity with the citizens of New Orleans, he decided to allow the smuggling to continue as he stepped back in order to watch, listen, and learn about Lafitte. Besides he had other matters to take urgent action on. From 1803 to 1812, the city tripled in size! Many came to find their fortunes on the river as well as immigrants coming from the Caribbean Islands. This rapid growth caused all kinds of crime that the governor and his mayors could not foresee or prevent. Their police forces were arguing amongst themselves & were ill equipped to handle the immediate crimes of pick-pocketing, prostitution, the constant dueling, drunkenness, & gambling. These vices crossed over social classes. It seemed to the Americans that the citizens of New Orleans had lost their minds! The repsectable women who just wanted a normal family life had few opportunities for social or mental development & kept to their homes like prisoners. Claiborne was eager to change all of this waste of human time & energy of delighting the senses. He longed to give some semblance of civility to New Orleans.

If the populace wasn't bad enough, it seemed that they're temperment was molded by cataclysms that mother nature hurled at them. It's extreme tropical climate along with the flooding of the Mississippi River drowned people, livestock, and crops alike. Then if there wasn't enough water to deal with, hurricanes & tornadoes would tear it from its roots. Claiborne was running at full tilt just to have another disaster happen. Fires burnt a number of buildings down to the ground. Rebuilding was just advancin' nicely when a terrible outbreak of cholera & yellow fever broke out carried by the ever present mosquitoes. Even Governor Clairborne was not immune to this devastation which added to his & everyone's misery. His first wife and two year old daughter died in the plague.

But, in spite of the pestilence & deluges, the gales & the malefactors, New Orleans remained what it sought utmost to remain: the aesthete. It was " a milieux de elegance" of wrought-iron galleries & mansard roofs, of narrow streets & open cafes, of shutters & peaked dormers, of pirouetting staircases & Grecian fountains, of red-colored brick, & white-colored brick & bricks in any one of two-dozen or more colors, of oil lanterns & kerosene, of sunken arcades & recessed courtyards framed in lattice and razor palms.
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