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Date:7/26/2014 12:53:24 AM
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This was playing right into the hands of Governor Claiborne. He was just itching to have a reason to clap into irons the Lafitte brothers, both Jean & Pierre along with the pirates at Barataria despite the overwhelming public opinion. He was longing to snub those gentry who had always supported the Lafitte's in one fashion or another. Governor Claiborne believed that with the Lafitte's controling the mouth of the Mississippi, all it would take was for the British to offer a price for their support. They were proud privateers & proudly had made that claim over & over again. Now Governor Claiborne used it against them with the people. He issued up warrants for smuggling & assigned the task of arresting the Lafitte's by U.S. Customs agents quartered on the banks of the Mississippi. Captain Andrew Holmes of the division was ordered to scour the bayous in hopes that he & his small band of dragoons might encounter the pirate during one of his many excursions to & from New Orleans

Lafitte managed to evade them for months, laughing at their mission. The forty troopers under Capt. Holmes were forced to endure a summer of heat & pestilence in the jungle wetlands, naively following a succession of bad leads set by the pirates & often gettin' dizzily lost. Summer changed to fall & nothin' occurred. Somehow the elusive Lafitte & his vessels of contraband were still slipping through, like ghost ships, into New Orleans. Then it happened. Purely by chance, on a mid-November morning, their small boats stumbled into a hidden cove where Jean & Pierre Lafitte had just entered. Bowing to their pursuers' luck, the brothers surrendered without a fight & were brought back in irons to the city where they spent an evening in the Cabildo's jail.
Bond was presented first thing in the morning by the Lafitte's personal banker, Baptiste Sauvinet. Governor Claiborne's triumph was very brief! On the appointed day of trial, only 2 weeks after being released, both Lafitte's failed to show up. They were busy at the auctions at the Temple.

This sent Governor Claiborne into a huge rant. Over the next few months more troops were sent into the swamps to capture the Lafitte's. All the while that their Yankee Doodles were doodling in the swamps, Jean Lafitte was back at his normal visits to New Orleans where he boldly strolled the streets, conducting business & pleasure as usual. What jacked the jaw of the governor even more was that HIS very own citizens were fratinizing with the enemy! Some of the best of them & close personal friends of his having drinks at the taverns, dining in the finest of restaurants, & laughing with him on street corners! He was determined to have this stopped!
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