German Coast Slave Uprising

German Coast Slave Uprising

America’s Largest Slave Revolt

The German Coast Uprising of 1811 in Louisiana was reportedly the largest slave revolt in American history, though few outside the area even know about it. Under the guidance of Deslondes, the group gathered slaves and Maroons for the revolt, numbering up until 500 people. Armed with mostly hand tools and a limited number of guns, the group began making their way torching a few homes in the process. During the clash, two white men were killed in comparison to the 95 Black lives the armed white militia took, including dozens of killings that occurred without due process or a trial.

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