The Pirates Laffite: The Treacherous World of the Corsairs of the Gulf

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 706 pages
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An "engrossing and exciting" account of legendary New Orleans privateers Pierre and Jean Laffite and their adventures along the Gulf Coast (Booklist, starred review).

At large during the most colorful period in New Orleans' history, from just after the Louisiana Purchase through the War of 1812, privateers Jean and Pierre Laffite made life hell for Spanish merchants on the Gulf.

Pirates to the US Navy officers who chased them, heroes to the private citizens who shopped for contraband at their well-publicized auctions, the brothers became important members of a filibustering syndicate that included lawyers, bankers, merchants, and corrupt US officials. But this allegiance didn't stop the Laffites from becoming paid Spanish spies, disappearing into the fog of history after selling out their own associates.

William C. Davis uncovers the truth about two men who made their names synonymous with piracy and intrigue on the Gulf.
 

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User Review  - torrey23 - LibraryThing

This book does a good job of detailing the lives of two of America's most famous pirates. The Laffite brothers were masters of operating near the line, and avoiding getting caught. When they did get ... Read full review

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User Review  - dswaddell - LibraryThing

A very high level book about the Laffite brothers and their business dealings. Very few details. If you are looking for a book about pirates business dealings this is excellent...the actual battle reports though rarely have any detail. Read full review

Contents

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1
TWO New Men In New World 18031806
8
Brothers United
25
brothers in business 18091811
44
Dawn of the Corsairs
61
Origins of the Laffite Fleet 18111813
79
Lords of Barataria 18131814
103
The Rise of the Filibuters
129
The Birth of Galveston 18161817
303
A Season of Treachery
322
Deadly Finals 18171818
345
Winds of Change 1818
363
The Dying Dream 1819
389
Farewell to Galveston 1820
415
The Last Voyage 18201823
441
The Legend of the Laffites
462

Patriots for a Price
150
The End of Barataria
177
The Fight for New Orleans 18141815
207
Spies for Spain 181f1816
228
A Career of Betrayals
255
Distant Horizons 1816
277
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
483
NOTES
487
BIBLIOGRAPHY
645
INDEX
675
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The author of more than forty books, WILLIAM C. DAVIS is the director of programs at the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies. He is also chief consultant for the A&E television series Civil War Journal and teaches history at Virginia Tech.

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