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Autograph party and program for Scott DeBose, author of book: No Man’s Land: a history of Outlaws and Opportunity

July 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Louisiana’s No Man’s Land: A History of Outlaws and Opportunity

By Scott DeBose

Published by the History Press


Most Americans know the basics of the Louisiana Purchase, but few know that West Louisiana was left out of the purchase. They also don’t know that in 1806, the United States and Spain almost went to war over the boundary, and it was only an agreement negotiated by the American and Spanish commanders that prevented full scale war. But it wasn’t out of patriotism that James Wilkinson, commanding general of the US Army, negotiated the agreement. He was not only a Spanish Spy, but he was involved in Aaron Burr’s conspiracy. America now had a 40-mile wide and roughly 500-mile-long strip of land they could not station troops or police, and outlaws soon flocked to the region. This book will tell the story of how No Man’s Land was created, the conspiracy behind its creation, the outlaws, smugglers, and pirates who used the region as a base (such as Jean Lafite, Jim Bowie and John Murrell “The Reverend Devil”). But it wasn’t all outlaws—there were hundreds of settlers who called No Man’s Land home, and their story and daily life is covered as well.


Author Bio

Scott DeBose has spent most of his life living in no man’s land. He became interested in the history of the region at an early age, listening to stories of outlaws and treasures. Mr. DeBose spent several years working at Fort Jesup State Historic Site in college and now serves as the president of the Friends of Fort Jesup Inc. and was involved in the No Man’s Land Bicentennial Celebration at Fort Jesup in 2019. This is Mr. DeBose’s second book published by The History Press; his first came out in 2022 and is titled Fort Jesup: A History. Mr. DeBose holds a Bachelor of Arts in history and anthropology and a Master of Music.


July 27
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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