In 1817, pirates and privateers ruled the rugged seas of the gulf coast.
Chief among them was Jean Lafitte, the so-called "Prince of Pirates."
A fearless cutthroat in a cutthroat's world, Lafitte was known to take no prisoners.
His ruthlessness was legend, but he was also an ingenious privateer, and a war hero.
A Texan library is donated a spyglass said to be handed down from Lafitte to his ship captain, James Campbell, who was Texas City’s first settler.
Was James Campbell really a pirate? And is it possible that this spyglass could have been a gift from Lafitte to Campbell?
- Also with Tukufu Zuberi Lincoln Oath Was this note penned by Abraham Lincoln?
- Related Investigation Monroe Letter Does this letter link America's President to the high seas piracy of U.S. merchant ships in the early 1800s?
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- Also with Tukufu Zuberi Army Muster Roll What can a Continental Army muster roll tell us about this remarkable African-American soldier?
- Also with Tukufu Zuberi Woolworth Sign Were these signs part of the scene in an early victory for Civil Rights?
- Also in Season 1 Old Fire Station Did President Ulysses S. Grant stop by a New Jersey firehouse on the centennial of America?
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