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Date:7/25/2014 10:04:14 AM
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The site of his burial continues to lure researchers and would-be archaeologists.

"Today, Baratarians cherish the fantasy that the Gentleman Pirate is buried in an unmarked grave along the bayou that runs through the village of Lafitte," says New Orleans writer Mel Leavitt. Concluding, tongue in cheek, he adds, "He rests, some say, next to the unmarked graves of Napoleon Bonaparte & John Paul Jones. 'Around here,' say the natives, 'Lafitte's buried in everybody's backyard.'"

The book, Louisiana A Narrative History by Edwin Adams Davis cites a rather new & surprising theory that spots Lafitte's final years in America's Midwest. Claimants say he married in Charleston, moved west with his wife, bore children & died in Alton, Illinois on May 5,1854. A supposed letter written in 1833 to his brother in law indicates a bitter man. It reads: "I saved the Union from the Octopus, but the city of Washington remains deaf & dumb. I have received eulogies, but not recompense not even a wooden medal."

One thing is certain. When Jean Lafitte left America he did so failing to understand why the nation he trusted never trusted him. He would say it over & over again: "I am not a pirate I am a corsair, a privateer!" But in the end he may have found solace, somewhere out there in the only country that had never disappointed him. The sea.

Sam throws his duffle bag over his shoulder, aye, Captain Lafitte was the last of his kind. The "Golden Days of Pirating" was long gone. He had hoped that he would have been exalted in monetary gain & gladly restored of his possessions. Maybe even given a medal of appreciation but nary a whisper from President Madison did come. He was given what he asked for, his freedom for him & his colony. Sometimes, ye should be careful what ye ask for...ye just might get it. Just as all Americans had the freedom to work hard & make something for themselves. Lafitte had only learned to take what was others hard work & use it for his own. It's a might different to learn how to make an honest day's work tide ye over fer the next meal. Good sailing to ye good folks everywhere. So says I, SamIAm
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