Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Galveston Island, Texas

There truly were Pirates in the Carribean! Well, there were pirates in the Gulf of Mexico anyway:
(Pirate) Jean Lafitte organized Galveston into a pirate "kingdom" he called "Campeachy" (or "Campeche"), anointing himself the island's "head of government." Lafitte remained in Galveston until 1821 when he and his raiders were given an ultimatum by the United States Navy: leave or be destroyed. Lafitte burned his settlement to the ground and sailed under cover of night for parts unknown. There are still rumors that Lafitte's treasure is buried somewhere between Galveston Island, Bolivar Peninsula and High Island.
It's cool to think that there was a "kingdom" of Johnny Depps living in my hometown at one time!