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Barataria Bay [lower right] is a bay of the Gulf of Mexico that is located between Empire and Grand Isle, Louisiana [enlarge].

Barataria Bay, also Barrataria Bay, is a bay of the Gulf of Mexico that is located in southeastern Louisiana, in Jefferson Parish and Plaquemines Parish, United States.

Barataria Bay was used as the base of the pirates and privateers led by Jean Lafitte in the early 19th century, and is today a notable resource of shrimp and sulfur, as well as one of muskrat furs, natural gas, and oil.

Two United States Navy ships have been named USS Barataria for Barataria Bay, as has the United States Coast Guard cutter USCGC Barataria.


{{bghnjgynfhhyhfty Coordinates: 29°22′27″N 89°56′17″W / 29.37417°N 89.93806°W / 29.37417; -89.93806


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