Pirates at the Spanish Fort

 
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This was at the 99th running of the Jackson Day race. It is a great race. This is the first time I have ever seen reenactors at the race. There were not only reenactors but there was also the historic remains of the old Spanish Fort on Bayou St. John. They are standing in front of some of the remains of the fort. One would not realize it was a fort unless they were told or read the nearby sign but many locals refer to it and know exactly where they mean.

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Guest - Jan 16, 2006 02:17 PM EDT
Wait a second. Are you serious that clothes today are made of sailcloth?
Guest - Jan 16, 2006 01:51 PM EDT
oh, okay, thanks Dud. that's interesting and makes sense : ) and neat to be reminded of where "sailcloth" comes from, that many garments are made from these days.
Guest - Jan 16, 2006 04:07 AM EDT
Actually, the clothes are the American War of 1812 sailors from the Battle of New Orleans. The Spanish Fort is almost out of place except it was erected previous to the time of the War of 1812 so these sailors could have been there. The white pants the man is wearing is actually sail cloth. The sailors tore sailcloth to wear as skirts in the olden days. The lady would not have been allowed to fight for Jackson except disguised as a man.
Guest - Jan 16, 2006 01:48 AM EDT
very interesting, Dud. but forgive my lack of knowledge about your area, - but which era and type of costume is represented here? You mention Spanish Fort, so are they wearing Spanish clothes? or is it French? thanks. (feeling badly for not understanding more about this : )

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