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Historical Marker: Jean Lafitte2020-01-23T14:24:44-06:00

Jean Lafitte

Historical Marker

1417 Harborside Drive, Galveston, TX (Directions)

One of over 200 historical markers on the island, this marker is located at the former house Maison Rouge of notorious pirate Jean Lafitte. The marker was erected in 1965 by the Texas Historical Commission.

Jean Lafitte Historical Marker

Inscribed

“Notorious pirate. Settled here in 1817 with his buccaneers and ships; under Mexican flag, continued his forays against Spanish shipping in the Gulf.”

“On this site, he built his home, Maison Rouge (Red House), which was part of his fort; and upper story was pierced for cannon. It was luxuriously furnished with booty from captured ships.”

“Leaving Galveston in 1821, upon demand of the United States, he burned his home, fort and whole village; then sailed to Yucatan.”

“In 1870, present structure was built over old cellars and foundations of Maison Rouge.”


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