Jean Lafitte Preserve

Jean Lafitte Preserve

JeanLafitteVisitorThe Pirate Lives On!

Jean Lafitte and his Baratarian Pirates celebrated the sweet taste of victory after the Historic Battle of New Orleans…but they also gained something more precious. That one thing was “Respect!” Jean Lafitte and his Baratarians were the very definition of Pirates as they looted, plundered, and at times, terrorized the citizens of the lower Barataria swampland and the Mississippi Delta region.  Things were business as usual however, that fateful secret meeting with General Andrew Jackson would forever change his place in History.

Pirate Legend

After the brave efforts of Jean Lafitte and his pirates, he became an infamous hero in New Orleans. Among many landmarks named after him, most notably Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop and Bar on Bourbon St., his most significant claim to fame is the Jean Lafitte National Historic Park and Preserve. Since most of his time was spent in the swamps and bayous of southern Louisiana, it made sense that a Natural Preserve would be named in his honor. The Preserve is actually composed of 6 sites, 5 being expansive areas of swamp and marsh lands and 1 visitor’s site in the French Quarter.

Preserve Sites:

  1. Acadiana – comprised of the Cajun country region in Lafayette.
    • Acadian Cultural Center in Lafayette – bayou tours, music, and historic programs. Get Location
    • Westland Acadian Cultural Center in Thibodaux – history walks, boat tours, and local musicians. Get Location
    • Prairie Acadian Cultural Center in Eunice – craft demonstrations, Acadian history, and Cajun Grand Ole Opry. Get Location
  2. Barataria Preserve in Marrero (West Bank). Get Location
    • 23, 000 acres of swamps, forest, marsh, and trails
    • Education and Visitor’s Center with dioramas, film exhibits, and historic tours
  3. Chalmette. Get Location
    • Chalmette Battlefield – site of 1815 Battle of New Orleans including Visitor’s Center with audio/video exhibit
    • Chalmette Cemetery – established in 1864 as Veteran’s resting place for War’s spanning from the Civil War to Vietnam War
  4. French Quarter Visitor’s Center. Get Location
    • detailed tour of New Orleans, French Quarter and Louisiana Delta history
    • Visitor’s center includes interactive exhibits, field trips, and self-guided tours

Photos by: NOLA4ever

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