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Jean Lafitte and the Battle of New Orleans

Living history events are an exciting way that National Parks help people learn about life in centuries past. We were fortunate enough to attend the Battle of New Orleans living history event in Jean Lafitte National Park in the beginning of January. At this particular event, exhibitors came from all over the United States to teach avid students about life in the early 1800s.

We learned how to make writing instruments out of turkey feathers and send letters without envelopes. We built a fire with flint and steel. We watched cooking demonstrations and learned about food preservation. We watched drills of military firearms and cannons being shot. Needless to say, the event itself was an exciting time. Of course, it was also a reminder of the harsh conditions under which the men (both enlisted and volunteers) served.

Military Drills during a living history event
Battle of New Orleans

Jean Lafitte's story begins in 1805 in New Orleans. After participating in the Battle of New Orleans, he finds that he will never again regain control of Barataria Bay, the port he once ran, and he sails to Galveston. The story has many more twists and turns than this, but why should I spoil it for you now?

Lafitte and his men have become the main focus of our "Pirates of the Gulf Coast" documentary. We have narrowed our research to Louisiana and Texas in order to bite off a much smaller chunk of an otherwise larger piece of this fascinating subject. I hope you have been enjoying the videos we've been making of information that will not be making it into the documentary. There is so much fun to be had in researching history. I know we are thoroughly enjoying sharing everything with you.

If you visit any of the historical sites we mention, stumble upon information you would like to share, or know something you think is fascinating about pirates, don't hesitate to reach out! We love hearing from you. You can email Laura at


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