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 fur, natural gas, and oil. Until Hurricane Betsy made landfall in 1965, Barataria Bay was home to Manila Village.
2010 oil spill 
On 27 July 2010, the tugboat Pere Ana C. struck an abandoned wellhead owned by Houston-based Cedyco Corp, while pulling a barge near Bayou St. Denis in Barataria Bay, causing a 20 to 100-foot oil and gas geyser.
See also 
- Ginn, Chris (24 July 2008). "Revered Remnants". Louisiana Sportsman Magazine. Sportsman Magazines. Retrieved 26 January 2013.
- Naval History & Heritage Command. "Barataria II". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. US Department of the Navy. Archived from the original on 30 June 2010. Retrieved 28 July 2010.
- The Associated Press (Tuesday, 27 July 2010). "Louisiana Oil Geyser: 20-Foot Oil Leak Shooting Up In Plaquemines Parish After Hit By Tugboat". The Huffington Post. Archived from the original on 29 July 2010. Retrieved 27 July 2010.
- Rong-Gong Lin II (Tuesday, 27 July 2010). "Gulf oil spill: New spill in Gulf area after barge crashes into abandoned oil well". The Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 30 July 2010. Retrieved 28 July 2010.
- "Crews work to shut-in damaged wellhead". United States Coast Guard. 1 August 2010. Retrieved 2 August 2010.
- CNN wire staff (2 August 2010). "Leaking Barataria Bay oil well capped". CNN. Retrieved 2 August 2010.