The pirates Laffite : the treacherous world of the corsairs of the Gulf

by William C. Davis

Hardcover, 2005




Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, c2005.


"Jean and Pierre Laffite's lives were intertwined with the most colorful period in New Orleans' history, the era from just after the Louisiana Purchase through the War of 1812. Labeled as corsairs and buccaneers for methods that bordered on piracy, the brothers ran a privateering cooperative that provided contraband goods to a hungry market and made life hell for Spanish merchants on the Gulf. Later they became important members of a syndicate in New Orleans that included lawyers, bankers, merchants, and corrupt U.S. officials. But this allegiance didn't stop them from becoming paid Spanish spies, handing over information about the syndicate's plans and selling out their own associates." "In 1820 the Laffites disappeared into the fog of history from which they had emerged, but not before becoming folk heroes in French Louisiana and making their names synonymous with piracy and intrigue on the Gulf."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

User reviews

LibraryThing member jwlowery
I read this with interest during my trip to and from the ASJA Conference in Florida. While I found the book interesting, it was not compelling enough to hold my interest upon my return. The history was interesting, but the storytelling wasn't compelling.
LibraryThing member dswaddell
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.
LibraryThing member torrey23
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 caught they always found a way to avoid damages. This book shows how two men were resourceful, and innovative. It is an interesting book. There is more information here than I had suspected.… (more)


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