Wednesday, March 24, 2010
The last American Pirate
Jean Lafitte, the notorious pirate who saved New Orleans from the British in the War of 1812, was the last American pirate. His death is surrounded in mystery. After he was forced out of New Orleans, he moved his operation to Galveston,Texas where he operated for for a few years. The US navy forced him out of Galveston. He burned his buildings and set sail in his ship, The Pride. He continued attacking and looting ships. Some say he died in a jungle in South or Central America, others say he died near Cuba while attacking a ship. Still others say he lived his life out peacefully somewhere in the United States. The mystery of Jean Lafitte is what makes reading about him so fun.