That's right, pirates. And not the pretty-boy, Johnny Depp kind of pirates, either. These were violent and calculating river pirates — wish-it-was-Deliverance river pirates — and they ruled the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers in the early part of the 19th century.
No one wants New Orleans to change. Ever.
Lafitte did all of these things out of pure self-interest, of course, and I can't think of anything more pirate than that, matey.