The Rise of the Filibusters 9. Patriots for a Price The End of Barataria The Fight for New Orleans Spies for Spain A Career of Betrayals Distant Horizons The Birth of Galveston A Season of Treachery Deadly Friends Winds of Change The Dying Dream Farewell to Galveston The Last Voyage The Legend of the Laffites. Notes Maps on lining papers.
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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. This is a review of the Kindle edition. Including the "Pirates Laffite" in the title attracted me to this book, but it is really more of a description of the world in which the Lafitte brothers Pierre and Jean lived during the early 19th century.
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Particularly in the early years of their lives, there is so much that can only be speculated about that the author has to constantly qualify any statements about where they were, who they were with, and what they were doing. On the plus side, it is a very detailed description of a relatively unknown snippet of American history. However, it is a difficult read, as the author makes up for the lack of definitive information concerning the brothers of the title with an overwhelming preponderance of minute details about smuggling transactions for which there is documentary evidence.
Almost half of the volume is composed of references and notes. Most Americans know of the Lafittes from legendary descriptions of how they and their followers aided Andrew Jackson and the American forces in the defeat of the British outside of New Orleans at the conclusion of the War of If that's what you want to read about, you need to find another source, because their involvement in this conflict is covered in just a couple of pages.
Also, if you are not familiar with the geography of this part of the world, you will want to dig up a map from another source, as there are no modern maps included. I'd have to say that this book was not what I expected - while it is a very thorough historical treatment of the subject, the endless detail of smuggling transactions simply overwhelms the story. No planks to walk, talking parrots or eye patches here, this is history.
If what you are looking for is the fictionalized, Hollywood version of the story of the brothers Laffite, you should look elsewhere. Over the years I have read a number of treatments of the Laffites, Jean and Pierre; everything from 50 page light-hearted folk tales to brief historical treatments, but nothing has compared to the depth of this book. Davis has rendered a fairly complete tail of the adult life of the Laffite brothers in the environs of the Caribbean.
This is not to say the the writing is completely accurate, the sources documented by the author and the extensive notes make it clear that much is tenuous and often downright obscure. The author does his best with the available resources and draws reasonable conclusions where warranted.
This is not a brief book, it tips the scales at , pages of which the actual prose totals pages, the rest is notes, bibliography and index, all of which are informative and reference worthy. While I cannot say that the narrative was always riveting it took my a little over three months to read, but then I have other distractions and seldom read just one book at a time.
That said the read was interesting and not what I would consider boring, but then I am used to reading history. Bottom line, I have added this to my pirate reference library and consider it a key reference to piracy during the early 19th century as it references many more than just the Lafittes during this period. One person found this helpful. I haven't finished it yet So it takes time because of the detail.
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That is a good thing, but don't expect to sit down and read it in an afternoon As a tour guide in Texas, I was interested in the Laffite's exploits in the Gulf during the time of the Mexican revolution and the period leading up to the Texas revolt. What I unexpectedly found was a whole different take on the role of Spanish ships in the slave trade. I'd always read that Spain and later Mexico prohibited slavery.
I'm going to finish it in due time. One person found this helpful 2 people found this helpful. I haven't read it yet, but damn, 1. I hope this stacks up to my 'Lafitte the Pirate,' I read in first grade. I'm sure it will. Decent read but got way to involved in genealogy and often drifted as filler rather than expanding on the adventure! Several years ago as a guest at Jean Lafitte National Park in New Orleans, the park ranger informed our group, "Unfortunately, little is known about the Laffites. Davis, that statement is no longer accurate. Jean and Pierre Laffite's lives have always been intertwined with New Orleans, Andy Jackson and the Battle of New Orleans but there is much more to their amazing story than any of us ever realized.
Yes, they were so early in Texas history that they are credited with founding Galveston after they were forced from Barataria Bay. As opposed to the mythical bit players most of us are aware of, Jean and Pierre dominated piracy and intrigue throughout the Gulf of Mexico for over 20 years. Labeled as corsairs and buccaneers for their methods, these brothers ran a privateering cooperative that provided contraband goods to a hungry market and made life hell for the Spanish merchants of the Gulf. Piracy was a growth business and these boys were very serious entrepreneurs.
Later, as piracy as an approved economic endeavor waned, they became critical members of a New Orleans syndicate that included lawyers, bankers, merchants and corrupt US officials. This is their story, exceedingly well researched and superbly written, an unvarnished tale of national intrigue and foreign spying that defined and redefined not only piracy throughout the Gulf of Mexico, but the wars and population movements of the time.
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