Napoleon was rescued by Jean Lafitte? * Napoléon a été secouru par Jean Lafitte? * ¿Napoleon fue rescatado por Jean Lafitte?
Did Laffite really rescue Napoleon?
Jean Laffite spent a good part of his life dodging American authorities, and therefore did not have much love for the government of his adopted country. And although he did give men and ammunition for the American cause in the Battle of New Orleans, at heart he was always French.
In Gallic Louisiana, Laffite was not the only French sympathizer. Another prominent fan of the old home country was Nicholas Girod, mayor of New Orleans from 1812-1815. A popular story goes that Girod built his grand house at 124 Chartres Street as a refuge for none other than Napoleon Bonaparte. The only problem was that the exiled French emperor was heavily guarded by the British on the island of St. Helena, and was consequently not in a position to take advantage of Girod’s invitation.
This tale gets more outlandish. It was rumored that Girod contracted with Dominique You, one of Laffite’s lieutenants, to captain the ship Seraphine and rescue Napoleon from St. Helena. Unhappily for the conspirators, however, Napoleon died before the plan could be carried out.
A legend also circulates that Jean Laffite himself sailed to St. Helena, left a double in Napoleon’s place, and whisked the grateful emperor away. Unfortunately for Laffite, as the fable goes, the emperor died en route to New Orleans. And as soon as Laffite docked with his deceased cargo, Napoleon’s body was supposedly buried in Perrin Cemetery in Lafitte, Louisiana, a small bayou town 30 miles south of New Orleans.http://bitesofhistory.com/the-pirate-jean-laffite/what-if/did-laffite-really-rescue-napoleon/