A biography of jean lafitte a french american pirate and privateer

Pierre was raised by extended family elsewhere in Louisiana. Lamar investigated many of the Lafitte stories and concluded that, while there were no authentic records of death, Lafitte was likely dead. Soon afterwards, Lafitte received a letter of marquee from Caratgena, but he never sent any booty there, rather he continued to operate through Barataria Bay.

While another member of the smugglers used to purchase the slaves at the auction, and was the legal owner, able to sell them again.

Jean Lafitte

The elder brother left the turmoil of revolutionary France and spent some time in Saint-Domingue. As part of Mexico, it was outside the authority of the United States, and was largely uninhabited, except by Native American Karankawa.

He was buried at sea in the Gulf of Honduras. While documents also present the north-western French cities of Brest and St.

On January 21, Jackson issued a statement praising his troops, especially the cannoneers and "Captains Dominique and Beluche, lately commanding privateers of Barataria, with part of their former crews and many brave citizens of New Orleans, were stationed at Nos.

The smugglers often held letters of marque from multiple countries, authorizing them to capture booty from differing nations. Napoleon had just sold the enormous territory of Louisiana — which had been under French, and then Spanish, rule — to the United States.

According to his writings, Jean was born in or around Pauillac in France.

Pierre Lafitte

The corsairs aimed the artillery at the Karankawa, killing most of the men in the tribe. The Pagoda manifested no suspicions, whereupon he suddenly darted with his brave followers upon her decks, overturning all who opposed them and speedily took the ship. Although he seemed a man without allegiance to one country, he respected the American constitution and hoped to model his own "kingdom by the sea" in the same light.

Wounded in the battle, Lafitte is believed to have died just after dawn on February 5. Ramsay says, "this was a convenient time to be a native of France, a claim that provided protection from the enforcement of American law".

In Januarythe government began to enforce the Embargo Act ofwhich barred American ships from docking at any foreign port.

Jean Laffite: Mexican Gulf Pirate and Privateer

During the 18th century, it was a common practice for children of landowners of French background living in Saint-Domingue to resettle near the Mississippi River, in Louisiana, which was also under the occupation of the French government.

Jean Lafitte was likely born inalthough he was not baptized until Lafitte was granted a commission and given a new ship, a ton schooner named General Santander in honor to vicepresident general Francisco de Paula Santander. As was the common tradition in those days, Patterson claimed a portion of the profits from the captured ships in the court of law.Anonymous portrait said to be of Jean Laffite.

Jean Lafitte was a French-American privateer captain and pirate of the Caribbean sea who operated off of Baratia Bay, Louisiana in the early 19th century.

Privateer or Pirate QUOTE WIKIPEDIA: Jean Lafitte (ca. – ca.

Jean Laffite

) was a French pirate and privateer in the Gulf of Mexico in the early 19th mint-body.com Of Birth: France. Jean Lafitte (c. – c. ) was a French-American pirate and privateer in the Gulf of Mexico in the early 19th century.

He and his elder brother, Pierre, spelled their last name Laffite, but English-language documents of the time used "Lafitte". Jean Laffite, Laffite also spelled Lafitte, (born ?, France—died ?), privateer and smuggler who interrupted his illicit adventures to fight heroically for the United States in defense of New Orleans in the War of Jean Lafitte Biography Jean Lafitte (c.

– c. ) was a French-American pirate and privateer in the Gulf of Mexico in the early 19th century. He and his elder brother, Pierre, spelled their last name Laffite, but English-language documents of the time used "Lafitte".

Jean Lafitte is in most historians' minds more a pirate, rather than a privateer. Jean Lafitte set out to sea at the early age of thirteen. He was first part of several voyages in European waters and off the coast of Africa.4/4(1).

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