The Pirates Laffite by William C. Davis
The Treacherous World of the Corsairs of the Gulf

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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 U.S. 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 U.S. 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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William C. Davis is the editor of the Civil War Times Illustrated and President of the National Historical Society. Widely acclaimed as a distinguished historian on the Civil War, he is the author of such books as The Battle at New Market and Duel Between the First Ironclads, and the award-winning Breckinridge: Statesman, Soldier, Symbol. Mr. Davis received the 1977 Fletcher Pratt Award for the most significant contribution to Civil War history. His most recent work, The Battle of Bull Run, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. 
Published May 1, 2006 by Mariner Books. 740 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History. Non-fiction

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Pierre died in 1822, Jean the following year, “at precisely the right moments,” for an independent Mexico and republican South America yielded a Spanish Main at peace and “a world they would not have known.” Davis considers the Laffites to have been more entrepreneurs than pirates, ambitious but...

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Davis' biography is a concise account of two brothers whose lives were often overshadowed by their legend.

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Pardoned by President Monroe for heroics in the Battle of 1812, the Laffite brothers became spies for the Spanish and later returned to their lives as corsairs upon the waters of the Caribbean until their subsequent demise, apart from one another.

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