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Jean Lafitte: Gentleman Pirate Of New Orleans


Jean Lafitte.

New Orleans.

The Battle of New Orleans.

The study of these three elements overlap, interweave and fuse as one historical continuum. One cannot successfully tell their singular story without the inlayed presence of the other two. Jean Lafitte was a cornerstone of early New Orleans as surely as the personality that was early New Orleans was a genetic to Jean Lafitte. And what happened on the battlefield of Chalmette, where New Orleans was saved, was the binding element that brings both man and place together in historical time and balances the value of both in American history.

A biography of Jean Lafitte, therefore, expressively demands as "vital statistics:" a comparative study of the city he helped create and the battle he helped win.

To help me demonstrate the trinity of these elements I am thankful for the following sources.


Albright, Harry New Orleans The Battle of the Bayous. NY: Hippocrene Books,


Arthur Stanley Clisby Old New Orleans. Gretna, LA: Pelican Publishing Co., 1990.

Davis, Edwin Adams Louisiana: A Narratiive History. Baton Rouge: Clantor's

Publishers, 1971.

Huber, Leonard V. New Orleans - A Pictorial History. NY: American Legacy Press,


Huber, Leonard V, New Orleans As It Was In 1814-15. Louisiana Landmarks Society,

Samuel Wilson Jr. Publication Fund, 1989.

Landry, Stuart O. Dueling in Old New Orleans. New Orleans: Harmonson Publisher 1950,

Ramsay, Jr., Jack C. Jean Laffite, Prince of Pirates. Austin: Eakin Press, 1996.

Rogers, Dale P. Cheniere Caminada: Buried at Sea. Thibodaux, LA: Copyright Dale P. Rogers, 1981.

Saxon, Lyle Lafitte the Pirate. Gretna, LA: Pelican Publishing Co.,. 1989.

Saxon, Lyle; Tallant, Robert; Dryer, Edward Gumbo Ya-Ya - A Collection of Louisiana Folk Tales. NY: Bonanza Books, 1975.

Stanforth, Deirdre & Reens, Louis Romantic New Orleans. NY: The Viking Press, 1977.

Tallant, Robert The Pirate Lafitte and the Battle of New Orleans. Gretna, LA: Pelican Publishing Co., 1998.


Jean Lafitte Barataria Preserve. National Historical Park and Preserve, U.S. Dept. of the Interior, 1999.


Friends of the Cabildo, New Orleans: Barbara Hyland, Volunteer & Project Coordinator.

Personal Tour of French Quarter, New Orleans, and Barataria Bay islands, conducted by Deborah Percle, Percle Publications.

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