Jean Lafitte French Privateer Pirate 12" 1/6 Scale Figure Battle Of New Orleans
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Jean Lafitte French Privateer Pirate 12" 1/6 Scale Figure Battle Of New Orleans:
This is a custom 1/6 scale 12" figure commemorating one of the most colorful characters in history, Jean Lafitte. Jean Lafitte was a French pirate and privateer in the Gulf of Mexico in the early 19th century. The brothers Jean and Pierre Laffite (the spelling "Lafitte" appeared on American documents and became the accepted English spelling of the brothers' last name) operated a smuggling operation in the Gulf of Mexico. The goods were dispersed through a warehouse Jean operated in New Orleans. Later when the United States government passed the Embargo Act of 1807 the brothers moved their operation to Barataria Island Louisiana. By 1810 the Lafitte brother business was booming. The Lafittes decided to branch out into piracy. Eventually in 1814, the American Navy invaded Barataria and captured most of Lafitte's fleet. The War of 1812 was raging. Jean Lafittenegotiated a legal pardon for he and his comrades with the promise to help General Andrew Jackson in the final battle of the war. Lafitte and his men were fierce fighters and garnered much praise from the regular Navy men they served with. After the war Lafitte and his crew were pardoned of all charges against them. In late 1815, early 1816, the Lafitte brothers agreed to act as spies for Spain in Mexico's battle for independence. Pierre would report on the happenings in New Orleans while Jean was assigned to Galveston Island a part of Spanish Texas. Jean Lafitte soon developed Galveston Island into a smuggling base and his privateer headquarters. The island was out of the authority of the United States government. Lafitte operated several ships using letters from a fake country, appointing he and his men as legal privateers able to attack ships of any nation the deemed worthy. About that time the US government passed a law dealing with slave ships operating in the area. The law gave the privateers the right to attack any slave ship regardless of the ships country of origin. Anyone recovering slaves could turn them into the customs office. The slaves were then sold in the United States. The privateers received half of the profits. Lafitte worked with several smugglers to take advantage of this poorly written law. Eventually things changed on Galveston Island. Lafitte's men kidnapped a local Karankawa (the Native American tribe indigenous to the island) woman. This caused some men of the tribe to kill five of Lafitte's men. Lafitte's forces retaliated with an attck on the village killing most of the men. The island was also hit by a hurricane destroying all but six houses on the island. Several people were killed and most of the island flooded. Around that time one of Lafitte's ships had attacked an American ship which prompted the United States government to dispatch a ship to Galveston Island. Lafitte agreed to leave the island without a fight. Jean Lafitte packed up his belongings (including it was said a great deal of treasure) and left Galveston Island. Even in his later years Jean Lafitte continued doing the only thing he knew. He finally ended up in a battle with Spanish. In February of 1823 Lafitte attempted to take what looked like a couple of Spanish merchant ships. The Spanish ships appeared to flee and then turned for a frontal attack on Lafitte's ship. The two Spanish ships were a couple of heavily armed privateers or war ships. Jean Lafitte was wounded in the battle and died shortly after. Jean Lafitte was a very colorful, exciting figure in American history. Please note that while this figure does not look exactly like Jean Lafitte, there is a bit of a resemblance. sold as is. This figure is designed mostly for display andwould make a nice addition to any collection.Please note the following-when a figure is a custom figure that means it is not a licensed product,or "official" but something the customizer did by combining figures and accessories from different makers and toy releases to come up with the custom figure or figures. I started customizing figures a few years back because I couldn't find more than a handful of "official" releases and unable to find figures of people I wanted to collect. I checked in to the market of custom figures. Most of the custom figures available back then cost several hundred dollars, so, I started doing my own. Because I needed to support my new hobby, I started selling some custom figures. My prices reflect my acquisition cost, time involved, and some profit. Thank you for the look, enjoy shopping!
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