posted on 12/13/2003 11:26:10 PM PST
Was he as charming as Jean La Foot, the barefoot pirate?
posted on 12/13/2003 11:30:32 PM PST
by Jeff Chandler
(Chilling Effect-1, Global Warming-0)
To: Holly_P; Jeff Chandler
Have you ever been to Ye Olde Absinthe House?
That's where Andrew Jackson and Jean Lefitte plotted their strategery.
I thought the coming together of those two was quite brilliant.
posted on 12/13/2003 11:51:21 PM PST
(President Bush is a mensch in cowboy boots.)
Even so, as historian Bennett H. Wall records, "It was not the privateering and occasional piracy ... that particularly annoyed Claiborne and the government of the United States. ... Rather, it was the fact that Lafitte and his men openly flaunted customs laws by selling their booty at much lower prices than legitimate merchants of New Orleans.
Jean Lafitte's smuggling operation included the importation of slaves (I believe into Galveston) when there was a prohibition on bringing more slaves to America. He was a pirate and he worked outside the law. He provided some assistance but in the end, he was still a criminal. I think that Lafitte put a price on Claiborne's head after territorial Governor Claiborne put a bounty on Jean Lafitte.
posted on 12/14/2003 12:08:33 AM PST
posted on 12/14/2003 1:25:25 AM PST
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