Lafitte and his Barataria Privateers

The word “Barataria” is an adaptation of a curious old Creole word, “Barateur,’ or “Barato,” signifying “cheap,” for the smuggled goods, rare and beautiful that were sold by the pirates were “very cheap.” It has already been told how Lafitte had his famous smithy in Bourbon and St. Philip Street. But he had his trysting place on the Island of Grande Terre, in Barataria Bay.