Life Along Bayou Barataria
Barataria Bay and Bayou Barataria are home to the towns of Jean Lafitte , Barataria, and the lost town of Manila Village. Today, it is the center of the shrimp and oyster industries of Southern Louisiana.
In the late 1700's and early 1800's the infamous pirate Jean Lafitte used this swampy marsh to hide out and plunder merchant vessels as pirates normally do. However, Lafitte was instrumental in America's victory over the British at the Battle of New Orleans, near the end of The War of 1812. In 1814, Lafitte supplied manpower, 500 muskets and 8,000 flints for the army of Andrew Jackson on the battlefield at Chalmette, Louisiana. With Lafitte's help Jackson won a great victory. Little did they know at the time, that a peace treaty had been signed shortly before The Battle. Consequently, The Battle was for nothing.
Lafitte, and his band of pirate brothers, for their services, were issued pardons in February 1815, from President James Madison. The pirates they were, Lafitte and his men left Barataria, and set up shop on Galveston Island, renaming it Campeche. In 1821, a brig-of-war approached Campeche, and Lafitte was directed to leave or die. Lafitte calmly asked for permission to pack, set the island on fire and vanished from history. He is said to have died in the Yucatan Peninsula, or Alton, Illinois. It simply depends on whom you read. Either way, the legend of Jean Lafitte lives on in this beautiful part of Southern Louisiana.
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