Lafitte, Jean

[ (luh-feet, lah-feet) ]

A French pirate of the early nineteenth century, active around New Orleans, Louisiana. He volunteered to aid General Andrew Jackson against the British in the War of 1812 and fought in the Battle of New Orleans. Many legends have grown up around Lafitte.

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