Ships[ edit ] Entrepreneurs converted many different types of vessels into privateers, including obsolete warships and refitted merchant ships. The investors would arm the vessels and recruit large crews, much larger than a merchantman or a naval vessel would carry, in order to crew the prizes they captured. Privateers generally cruised independently, but it was not unknown for them to form squadrons, or to co-operate with the regular navy. A number of privateers were part of the English fleet that opposed the Spanish Armada in
Early life[ edit ] Details of Pierre Lafitte's early life are scarce and often disputed. His brother Jean gave contradictory information about his birthplace, including the two French cities of St.
However, as Jean Lafitte's biographer Jack C. Ramsay states, "this was a convenient time to be a native of France, a claim that provided protection from the enforcement of American law.
Families with the surname Lafitte are mentioned in Louisiana documents dating as early as Approximatelyhis mother married Pedro Aubry, a New Orleans merchant; Jean stayed with his mother while Pierre was raised by extended family elsewhere in Louisiana.
Davis reports a different childhood. According to his book, Lafitte was born in or near PauillacFrance. LaGrange died the following year, likely while giving birth.
The boys were likely given a basic education,  and Pierre Lafitte later joined his father's trading enterprise.
Lafitte, probably accompanied by an infant son, left the island aboard a refuge ship in early Records indicate that on March 21,Pierre Lafitte partnered with Joseph Maria Bourguignon to purchase a city lot, home, and outbuildings near Royal Street.
In Januarythe government began to enforce the Embargo Act ofwhich barred American ships from docking at any foreign port. This was problematic for New Orleans merchants, who had relied heavily on trade with Caribbean colonies of other nations.
They established themselves on the small and sparsely populated island of Barataria, in Barataria Bay. The bay was located beyond a narrow passage between the barrier islands of Grande Terre and Grande Isle.
Workers would reload goods into smaller batches onto pirogues or barges for transport through the bayous to New Orleans. The actual number he commanded was more likely a few dozen, although since they specialized in artillery their effect was substantial.
Lafitte reportedly conducted his operations in the historic New Orleans French Quarter. Of the two brothers, Jean was the most familiar with the naval aspects of their enterprise, while Pierre was more often involved with the commercial aspects.
Pierre lived in New Orleans or at least maintained his household there with his mulatto lover who bore him a very large family. Jean spent the majority of his time in Barataria managing the daily hands-on business of outfitting privateers and arranging the smuggling of stolen goods.Shannon Clarke – forty-six, separated, and a mother with grown children – finds herself at loose ends after staging a mischievous and unauthorized boarding of a vessel with three friends during the Labor Day Weekend Gloucester Schooner Festival.
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