|Bryan M. Morales, AIA, LEED AP
San Antonio, Texas
Site of the Pirate Lafitte's disappearance
Treasure Hunter Chases Pirate Ghost Across Texas
05 November 2011
While searching the beaches along the Galveston Island late last night, famed treasure hunter Chester Copperpot came across a sight even he had a hard time believing. What he first thought to be a late-returning shrimp boat turned out to be much more. According to Mr. Copperpot, a sailing vessel was making its way towards shore, far away from the nearest harbor. It wasn't long before he noticed the dark sails and rigging, similar to the pirate ships he used to read about as a young boy. It was these sorts of ships that first caught his imagination about treasure hunting. As the ship drew nearer across the foggy coast, he could faintly read the name of the ship - the Pride, which was last known to be the flagship of the famed pirate Jean Baptiste Lafitte almost 200 years ago.
Scared, excited, and confused - Mr. Copperpot decided to venture closer and see what might come of this mysterious vessel coming towards the dark shores. Expecting a crew of men to disembark, he was surprised again to see but one man climb down the side of the ship towards the moonlit tide. At least he thought it was a man...
By Mr. Copperpot's account, it was no man at all - it was the ghost of the pirate Lafitte himself, returned to the Texas coast to reclaim his buried treasures of old. Carefully keeping out of site, Mr. Copperpot followed the pirate ghost while quietly hiding out of side underneath the cover of sand dunes and the overgrown grasses. He followed him for some time, before tripping over a piece of driftwood and startling the pirate Lafitte. Having been caught so close to his treasures, Lafitte quickly stashed a piece of paper away in his coat and let out a loud shrill whistle, and a moment later a ghostly horse of immense size came galloping through the surf. Before he could make sense of what was happening, Copperpot saw the horse and rider galloping at a furious pace towards the mainland.
Mr. Copperpot quickly joined the chase, jumping into his small motorboat and heading for the shore himself, hoping to reach his truck in time to chase after Lafitte and his ghost horse. The chase continued all through the night, along ranches and farms - always away from towns and cities, constantly heading westward through the dry Texas landscape. Not long before dawn, after several hours of a long chase, Lafitte escaped into a neighborhood by running past a giant american flag and jumping over the neighborhood gate. Copperpot feared that he had lost him, but was eventually able to open the gate with his secret password- hocus pocus! At last, he cornered the pirate in a cul de sac and slowly approached the fierce looking pirate. Just as the sun began to climb over the eastern trees, the pirate disappeared, leaving nothing but a piece of paper floating on the breeze. Copperpot new in an instant that this must be the missing treasure map of the Pirate Lafitte that treasure hunters across the world had been looking for for decades. He rushed to grab it, but the prized map blew away and was lost to the treasure hunter's great disappointment.
Perhaps some day some lucky young treasure hunter will be able to find the map and finally track down the hidden treasures of the dread pirate Lafitte.