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Jean Lafitte: The Gentlemen Pirate
This paper discusses Jean Laffite, a pirate who played a heroic part in the Battle of New Orleans.
# 58922 | 850 words | 6 sources | APA | 2005 | US
Published on May 24, 2005 in History (U.S. The Young Nation 1800-1848)

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This paper explains that the legendary pirate, Jean Laffite, who lived from 1780 to 1825 (approximately), was born in Bayonne, France. The family eventually migrated to the Island of Espanola from where the Laffite brothers sailed the Gulf and the Caribbean and were involved in many privateering missions. The author points out that a pardon was offered to Laffite in 1814 by the British if he would assist them in attacking New Orleans, but Lafitte refused and informed the U.S. of the plans, which resulted in Lafitte fighting for Andrew Jackson in the Battle of New Orleans in 1815 and receiving a pardon from President James Madison. The paper relates that Laffite sailed to Mugeres Island, which is off the Yucatan coast, where he continued his pirating activities until sometime around the year of 1825 when he became "mortally ill," returned to the mainland, and died.

Table of Contents
Jean Laffite
Laffite and Governor Claiborne
Laffite and General Jackson: The Battle of New Orleans
Laffite: The Hero

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