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Galveston in Galveston County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Jean Lafitte

 
 
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By Gregory Walker, April 11, 2010
1. Jean Lafitte (Maison Rouge) Marker
Inscription.  

Notorious pirate. Settled here in 1817 with his buccaneers and ships; under Mexican flag, continued his forays against Spanish shipping in the Gulf. On this site, he built his home, Maison Rouge (Red House), which was part of his fort; and upper story was pierced for cannon. It was luxuriously furnished with booty from captured ships. Leaving Galveston in 1821, upon demand of the United States, he burned his home, fort and whole village; then sailed to Yucatan. In 1870, present structure was built over old cellars and foundations of Maison Rouge.
 
Erected 1965 by Texas State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 7508.)
 
Location. 29° 18.628′ N, 94° 47.107′ W. Marker is in Galveston, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker is on Harborside Drive, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1415 Harborside Drive, Galveston TX 77550, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Near Campsites of Louis-Michel Aury and Francisco Xavier Mina (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Galveston Immigration Stations
Jean Lafitte (Maison Rouge) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gregory Walker, April 11, 2010
2. Jean Lafitte (Maison Rouge) Marker
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Victor Gustafson Home (approx. mile away); Landes-McDonough House (approx. mile away); Davidson-Penland House (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Wilbur Cherry House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Jacobs Home (approx. 0.3 miles away); C. F. Marschner Building (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Galveston.
 
Also see . . .  Jean Laffite (Lafitte). Biographical article in the Handbook of Texas online. (Submitted on May 9, 2010, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 17, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 7, 2010, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. This page has been viewed 2,255 times since then and 7 times this year. Last updated on December 17, 2019, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 7, 2010, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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