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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?
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