Barataria Preserve (1)

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Barataria Preserve in Marrero, LA, is about an hour's drive south-southwest of New Orleans. It is one of the six sites of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, an oddly amorphous national park, which I explored on my road trip to the region. These sites are scattered around New Orleans and surrounding Cajun Country. I also visited Lafitte park's four indoor interpretive centers: the French Quarter Visitor Center in New Orleans, the Acadian Cultural Center in Lafayette, the Prairie Acadian Cultural Center in Eunice, and the Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center in Thibodaux. I skipped Chalmette Battlefield and National Cemetery in Chalmette. Jean Lafitte National Park is oddly named as well: Lafitte was a smuggler and pirate on Barataria Bay during the early 1800s. At each venue, I asked a park ranger how to pronounce that name; I got about as many renditions. March 2011