Jean Lafitte (1780-1823) was a French pirate and privateer in the Gulf of Mexico. Little is known about his early life as his place of birth is much debated between France or Saint Domingue. Sources indicate that Lafitte was sharp and resourceful, but also handsome and friendly, enjoying drinking, gambling, and women. By 1805 he owned his own warehouse in New Orleans peddling smuggled goods with his brother. In 1807 after the embargo act moved to Barataria Bay, Louisiana. His new port quickly became successful and Laffite gained quite the reputation for smuggling as well as pirating. After a raid on the port in 1814 by the United States Navy, which resulted in the capture of most of Laffite’s fleet, Jean met with none other than General Andrew Jackson in New Orleans. It was there that Jackson had to prepare for the defense of the city. Having 1,000 poorly trained men and a rag tag bunch of slaves and Native Americans, Jackson asked for Laffite’s help in exchange for a pardon. Laffite accepted and helped Jackson defeat the British stunningly in which would become known as the “Battle of New Orlean’s.” After he was pardoned Laffite and his brother became spies for Spain in the Gulf of Mexico along with still pirating. It was here, off the coast of Hondura’s Laffite was mortally wounded in a skirmish with two Spanish merchant ships in 1823. His legacy is a great one with a historical park and national reserve being names after him in Louisiana along with a Parish and numerous novels about his exploits.
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