Slave insurrection in Louisiana (89 words)

Historical Context Note


The slave revolt known as the '1811 German Coast Uprising' took place on the east coast of the Mississippi River, Louisiana between the 8th and 10th of January, 1811. It is estimated that between 150 and 500 slaves marched from sugar plantations, burning houses and crops. Two whites were killed by the slaves. A militia of local white people, accompanied by troops from the US Army, confronted the slaves and killed 44. In the following weeks more slaves were captured and tried, resulting in their execution and the public display of their bodies.

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