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LaFitte, the Caribbean pirate...



Item # 640639

November 19, 1814

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Nov. 19, 1814  An inside page contain an article datelined from New Orleans headed: "Pirates of Barataria" which has rare, period mention of Jean LaFitte, the Caribbean pirate, portions of which include: "...great satisfaction in reporting to you that the contemplated expedition against the pirates, so long & strongly established among the western islands & waters of this state...has terminated in the capture & destruction of all their vessels in port...honor to transmit a detailed account of this expedition...also a copy of a letter from Lafitte, the chief of the pirates, to captain Lockyear...". This report takes over 1 1/2 pgs. in total (photos show only portions).
Other articles in this issue include much reporting headed: "Events of the War" concerning the War of 1812 taking over 8 pages & including; "Action at Lyon's Creek" "Stings of the Wasp" and "Naval". There is also: "A Proclamation" for a day of "Humiliation, Fasting & Prayer" signed by President James Madison.
Complete in 16 pages, 6  by 10 inches, lite scattered foxing throughout, good condition.

This newspaper began in 1811 and was a prime source for national political news of the first half of the 19th century. As noted in Wikipedia, this title: "...(was) one of the most widely-circulated magazines in the United States...Devoted primarily to politics...considered an important source for the history of the period."

Category: War of 1812

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