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Date:10/22/2014 11:06:34 PM
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Both Creoles & Americans practiced this "sport" to avenge their names with regularity. Even Governor Claiborne was insulted by a visiting Congressman & was compelled to cross swords with him. Many of the "gentry" found themselves havin' to do so & there were two places they would duel. In the gardens behind St. Louis Cathedral after Mass on Sundays or under the weeping willows of a park near Bayou St. John outside of town.

One frequent practitioner of dueling was Jean Lafitte. This added the term "swashbuckler" to his romantic image. He excelled in the art of the rapier & never lost a bout, although he was "called out" many times by men testing his skill. One evening, legend has it that, while dining with his lady at what later became the famous restaurant Courtyard of Two Sisters, he fought three separate unrelated duels beneath the magnificent oak that centered the open air inn. Unscathed & unflustered, he finally sat down to eat his dinner.

But, a much bigger battle remained to be fought than a "code duello". One that involved thousands of men & would result in thousands of deaths. The War of 1812 had begun with England & Jean Lafitte, never before considering himself a man with a country, would be forced to choose sides.

Arrrghh! That is it of all the findings about the personal side of Jean Lafitte that I could squeeze out of them history books. But I will let ye wonder about what he's goin' to do? Does he really love this city of New Orleans? Or is he just use'n it fer a good place to front his contraband? That means "stolen stuff" to ye young'ns sittin' here. Is he gonna high tail it out of there & leave these poor folk to fend fer themselves? Come back tomorrow to hears about it! Would ye please cast a vote fer this mighty tired pirate? Thanky kindly!
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