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Date:4/18/2014 10:03:00 PM
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Yer Here to Listen About Lafitte &
Enterprises, but ye must also hear what he would soon be up against! A new country & ways of life & a young governor determined to leave HIS mark upon New Orleans, too! A city that was different than anythin' Claiborne had ever seen before! And I'm not talkin' about its architecture, but the temperment of the peoples themselves. In the governor's eyes, it were a pirate city & he aimed to do somethin' about that! Garrrr!

Many countries had been in possession of New Orleans from the time the United States had acquired it in 1803 with the Louisiana Purchase. Regardless of what flag flew over this city, it was always predominately French. Founded in 1718 by a French soldier, Jean Baptist de Bienville, it remained under French control until the colony was treatied to Spain in 1763. Again, it fell under French govern, but, because Napoleon Bonaparte desperately needed the money to revive his war chest, he sold it & other vast holdings to President James Madison two years later. Acquiring it & vast northern land, America had been successful of ridding one more obstacle as it encouraged its citizens to grasp the dream of Manifest Destiny.

This new governor from Virginia, William Charles Cole Claiborne, was sent to "Americanize" this town & bring it under the influence of a new way of life. One for opportunities for all. New Orleanians already felt they had opportunities & resented this new comer who stood before them, giving THEM the welcome! As Governor Claiborne stood on
the balcony of the Cabildo facing New Orleans' Place D'Armes in December, 1803, to speak to the crowds of curious townsfolk gathered there, purportedly Jean Lafitte was among them, he immediately realized he faced a thankless job. When he finished his brief address, welcoming them all as "brothers" to the American cause, not one pair of hands applauded.
America was disliked & unwelcomed. New Orleans had always been French in its psychology. Even the Spaniards who ruled for a time didn't try to change the flavor, but partook of it to marry its mademoiselles & eat its rich foods. Now, here was a governor from a country that represented Total Change, who brought along his armies in blue uniforms & black leather shakos, playing their fifes & drums, & waving their red-white-and-blue flag.

New Orleanians didn't like these "Yankee Doodles" & the feelings were mutual. On top of the "dislike" list were the Creoles of French-Spanish-Native American blood. Particularily saucy tempered & outspoken, the Americans felt they were in another country that was not their own!. This was like no place they had been before, nothing like New England or New York or even Virginia. The Americans viewed the New Orleanians as lazy & lawless.
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