Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Re: Romanticizing Pirates

We've really glorified them. And they're so cool. Cutlasses, eye patches, baggy breeches (never written that word before)...what's not to love?

Of course, I can’t forget the Texas connection (Galveston) to Jean Lafitte. From the Texas Handbook Online, again without those annoying "qv's":

Laffite remained the master of Galveston after his return in September 1817, and made it a center for smuggling and privateering. When the expedition of Charles Françoise Antoine Lallemand arrived in January 1818, the Laffites plotted to betray the French refugees to Spain. This plot failed, and Galveston went on with its illicit activities. Lallemand's men, having fled from the Champ d'Asile, were at Galveston when George Graham arrived in August 1818 to investigate affairs in Texas. Graham suggested that Jean Laffite should take possession successively of points on the coast as far as the Rio Grande and surrender them to the United States after faked attacks. Nothing came of this scheme, which apparently was Graham's own idea, although James Monroe may have suggested it. Jean cooperated halfheartedly with James Long during the latter's invasion of Texas, but his principal interest lay in the privateering business, while his brother managed the intrigues with Spanish officials and took care of the New Orleans business arrangements. Finally, with nothing to hope for from Spain and confronted with the American government's determination to end the Galveston establishment, the Laffites decided the game was up. Laffite abandoned Galveston early in May 1820 and sailed to Mugeres Island, off the coast of Yucatán. There he continued his illegal activities until around 1825, when, mortally ill, he went to the mainland to die. Although his brother was the leader in all their affairs, Jean Laffite, more colorful than his older brother, has become the center of many romantic tales.

Four Words end the discussion (or start it):

The Dread Pirate Roberts


Stephanie said...

I have worn breeches.

And I had a Jolly Roger flag that made an appearance in an as-yet unfinished movie shot in the 1970s.

Speaking of glorifying enemies, did you notice that the This Day in History is about the Red Baron?

Scooter said...

I did. Snoopy went a long way in that arena. But, what a cool plane? The "military channel" of Discovery has a show on the best fighter planes of all time. To the best of my recollection, the tri-plane was covered but I can't recall if the Sopwith Camel beat it out.

I can't say I've ever worn breeches. Do britches count?

[Sorry about updating the post while you were commenting.]