It is when pirates count their booty that they become mere thieves…William Bolitho


The pirates Laffite : the treacherous world of the corsairs of the Gulf    Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, c 2005  William C. Davis Privateering , Mexico, Gulf of , History , 19th century Hardcover. 1st ed. and printing. xii, 706 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm. Maps on lining papers. Includes bibliographical references (p. [649]-678) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text.  VG/VG   

Jean and Pierre Laffite’s lives were intertwined with the most colorful period in New Orleans’ history, the era from just after the Louisiana Purchase through the War of 1812.

Jean Lafitte by Newell Convers Wyeth

Labeled as corsairs and buccaneers for methods that bordered on piracy, the brothers ran a privateering cooperative that provided contraband goods to a hungry market and made life hell for Spanish merchants on the Gulf. Later they became important members of a syndicate in New Orleans that included lawyers, bankers, merchants, and corrupt U.S. officials. But this allegiance didn’t stop them from becoming paid Spanish spies, handing over information about the syndicate’s plans and selling out their own associates.

Pierre Lafitte

In 1820 the Laffites disappeared into the fog of history from which they had emerged, but not before becoming folk heroes in French Louisiana and making their names synonymous with piracy and intrigue on the Gulf.

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