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Pirates Laffite
The Laffite brothers, Pierre and Jean, were born in France, but left, probably for Espanola, probably after 1796. By 1803, the year the United States made the Lousiana Purchase, they were in New Orleans, where they were businessmen who made their money from privateers, armed warships that attacked other ships (usually Spanish). Americans regarded the Laffites as criminals. The Laffites helped out the American cause during the War of 1812, becoming in...