Jean Lafitte (often Laffite) was a French-American pirate and privateer captain who operated in New Orleans in the early 19th century.
Historical Details Edit
He is considered something of a historic anti-hero in Louisiana and around the Gulf of Mexico, having engaged in smuggling and piracy for a number of years yet - during the Battle of New Orleans in 1815 - helped defend the city from the British with his fleet (in exchange for a pardon).
Haunted Mansion Connections Edit
Lafitte is frequently cited in various expanded lore of the Haunted Mansion, usually with only a tacit affiliation with the house and some of its residents.
Ties to the the Mansion in the 2003 movieEdit
According to the spin-off book The Legend of Gracey Manor, set in the continuity of the 2003 movie, it is said that the movie's Master Gracey, « due to his secret association with pirate Jean Lafitte, sometimes returned to the docks of New Orléans with more goods than he started with ».
Ties to the the Nuptial Doom version of the backstoryEdit
The sea-captain from the storyline is openly cited as being « a compatriot to Jean Lafitte himself ».
Ties to the SLG Comics Edit
In the "Mystery of the Manse" story, William Gracey crossed paths with Jean Lafitte during his time as Captain Blood, and contacts one of Lafitte's former associates looking for a place to live after escaping the pirate's life. This contact points him in the direction of what would one day be known as Gracey Manor.
The Jean Lafitte Mega-themeEdit
According to website Long-Forgotten Haunted Mansion, a mega-theme designed to tie Tom Sawyer's Island, Pirates of the Caribbean and The Haunted Mansion featured Jean Lafitte as the central figure. The two mentions of Lafitte in the movie and the audiobook were « first steps » to his inclusion, as was the entrance walled crypt which is still to be seen in front of the Mansion, labelled 1764. According to its own inventor, the idea was eventually scrapped, but many other clues that it was once in store can be still found in Disneyland (if you want a complete list of evidences, see here).