The Barataria region was home to fishermen and the legendary haunt of the pirate Jean Lafitte.
The Harvey Canal curves right into the winding course of Barataria . . . flanked with magnificent specimens of cypress, water oak, and other large trees. [Federal Writers' Program, Works Progress Administration, Louisiana: A Guide to the State, p. 568]This description of Bayou Barataria was written in 1941, but the photograph here shows that the bayou had changed little in the intervening thirty-five years.
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