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When the vessels sailed into the Gulf on the morning of September 16, & within range of the island's guns, Lafitte nor his men expected trouble. Seeing the American flag flying over the masts, many of the colony rushed to the beaches waving & cheering.The Carolina opened fire. And the gunboats opened fire. And the mortars on the barges opened fire.

Lafitte could not believe his senses. Even as the walls of his home fell around him under cannon blast, he wondered how this mistake could have been made. From what was left of his porch, stunned, he watched his men scramble from the white sands of the shore, many of them never making it alive to the safety of the swamps. He watched as the skeleton of the watch tower broke asunder before cannon ball, the bell that he never thought would be used as a warning against America clanging on the ground below. He watched as the barges of blue tunics beached &, with torch in hand, fan out from hut to hut lighting the dry palmetto thatch. His legs, smarter than his brain at the moment, carried him toward the swamp but he kept looking back at what he just could not believe. Only one thing remained constant: to this very moment, he had never fired on an American ship.

Except for a few smaller boats that had made their way to safety, most of the thirteen vessels currently docked in Baratarian port were captured by the American troops. Of the hundreds of men on the island that morning, most made their way to safety in the recesses of the marshes. Fifty of them were apprehended, including Dominique Youx. Destruction & looting of the island went on for days.

Claiborne was disappointed that Lafitte was not among the prisoners. Still, he viewed the campaign as a rousing success. His long-time enemy had been broken. His treasure troves estimated at $50,000 worth of contraband were emptied, his ships were taken, his legions were scattered. By all appearances, Jean Lafitte would never be heard from again.

Aye, they destroyed Barataria! Of all the peoples of the world, it would be America! Such betrayal. Sniff sniff HONK snort sniff sniff. Here, have a tissue....please hits the votey button when ye leave. A whimper of a "thank you" is squeaked out. Sam buries his beak into a huge amount of tissue...
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