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Date:4/18/2014 7:07:49 AM
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While the government agreed, yes, it was grateful for Lafitte's devotion, it contended that the contraband had been taken from Barataria when Lafitte was still a pirate. Lafitte felt rejected by a country he served, bitterness seeded. When eight of his ships were put on the auction block, he was forced to buy them back.

Now the public began wondering: WHY? Why did he want the ships? Why did he make many trips down to Barataria? Why was he beginning to invest large amounts of money to re-fit his vessels? Why was he acting like he wanted so badly to return to sea? Upper-crust New Orleans began turning its back; maybe he was nothing but a pirate after all. What hurt him most of all was discovering how many people really felt that perhaps he fought the Battle of New Orleans just so to get his ships & booty back.

Rumors grew ugly. When a government auction was held to sell off some of the trinkets & wares taken from his Grande Terre warehouse, a set of jewelry of a unique kind was found among the stock. The pieces seemed to match those of a wealthy & popular Creole woman who had taken a voyage to France several years back, was supposed to return, but completely disappeared. Lafitte grew angry at the gossip. He had never touched a ship belonging to the United States!

Then he remembered. There was that one time that one time! One of his lieutenants had disobeyed him & sunk an American ship. He had hanged the transgressor as a stark warning to others, but had kept the plunder concealed in his island warehouse.

"How do I defend myself now?" he asked. He loved America had fought for it chanced dying for it but these latest whisperings had penetrated his shell to even make him begin to wonder. Maybe he was, after all, nothing more than a pirate. In 1817, Jean Lafitte left New Orleans for the last time.

Aye, lads & lassies! Soon people forget what the heroes of our country have sacrificed for them. Any 1st year law student could tells the authorities that Lafitte was under contract & Columbia said he could keep all the contraband that he had. It were contracts that they honored time & time again! They even used them, themselves when the time seemed "convenient". I thinks politics were still in play & Jean Lafitte is now just another John Q. Public to the government. It was a hard burden to bear & that siren song was luring him back to the sea where he was Master. Come tomorrow & find out where he has sailed off for! Thank ye ever so much for your time & your votes! So says I, SamIAm
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