Jean Lafitte

1776 - 1826

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Jean Lafitte (c. 1780 – c. 1823) was a French pirate and privateer who operated in the Gulf of Mexico in the early 19th century. He and his older brother Pierre spelled their last name Laffite, but English language documents of the time used "Lafitte". This has become the common spelling in the United States, including places named after him.Lafitte is believed to have been born either in Basque-France or the French colony of Saint-Domingue. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jean Lafitte has received more than 1,449,710 page views. His biography is available in 23 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 22 in 2019). Jean Lafitte is the 24th most popular pirate (down from 20th in 2019), the 2,218th most popular biography from France (down from 1,674th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular French Pirate.

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Among pirates, Jean Lafitte ranks 24 out of 25Before him are Piet Pieterszoon Hein, Stede Bonnet, Edward England, Thomas Tew, Edward Low, and Samuel Bellamy. After him are Carlo Rambaldi.

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Among people born in 1776, Jean Lafitte ranks 17Before him are Pehr Henrik Ling, Barthold Georg Niebuhr, Jean-Pierre Boyer, Józef Maria Hoene-Wroński, Archduchess Maria Leopoldine of Austria-Este, and Peter Barlow. After him are Vasily Tropinin, Lady Hester Stanhope, Christian Gottfried Daniel Nees von Esenbeck, Karl Friedrich Burdach, Vasily Golovnin, and Friedrich Stromeyer. Among people deceased in 1826, Jean Lafitte ranks 23Before him are Levin August von Bennigsen, Johann Elert Bode, Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga, Franz Danzi, Johann Baptist von Spix, and François-Joseph Talma. After him are Clarke Abel, Johann Peter Hebel, Marie-Guillemine Benoist, John Flaxman, Georg Franz Hoffmann, and Shaykh Ahmad.

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In France

Among people born in France, Jean Lafitte ranks 2,218 out of 5,234Before him are Lucien Muller (1934), Pierre Soulages (1919), Jacques Cœur (1395), Henri Grégoire (1750), Guillaume Dubois (1656), and René Louiche Desfontaines (1750). After him are Pierre Alexis Ponson du Terrail (1829), Christian II, Count Palatine of Zweibrücken-Birkenfeld (1637), Charles Percier (1764), Jane Avril (1868), Aleksandar Petrović (1929), and Recceswinth (620).

Among PIRATES In France

Among pirates born in France, Jean Lafitte ranks 2Before him are François l'Olonnais (1635).