The Largest Slave Uprising In America-The German Coast Uprising

March 13, 2019

In 1811, over 500 black slaves, dressed as soldiers, and armed with guns and sugar cane knifes and axes stolen from French plantation owners, rose up and engaged in a war of liberation against the hated institution of slavery. This insurrection was larger than the Nat Turner revolt some years later and would take place around the City of New Orleans in an area known as the German Coast which was just east of the Mississippi River. Unlike Texas Germans, these settlers established slave plantations along the Mississippi near New Orleans in the 1700s. The black fighters were composed of various African ethnic groups that were newly arrived directly from Africa, and African Americans from various plantations near New Orleans. This story is another example of history being told in Half-Truths, Omissions, Lies, Distortions, and Erasures, (H.O.L.D-Everything).


The scale of this uprising would be erased from history.The revolt was larger than all of the other known slave uprisings in American history. The revolt would come when the United States was attempting to make Louisiana the 18th state in the Union. The French sold Louisiana in 1803 and the James Madison was intent on obtaining the state as a slave state by 1812. The French had brought slaves from the Caribbean in the 1700s but Napoleon would later abandon the idea of keeping French territory in North America as a result of the stunning defeat he suffered in Haiti at the hands of black fighters for freedom and the victories of black president Toussaint L'Ouverture.  


After France sold Louisiana it became the sugar cane capital of the country and would be known of its brutal forms of slavery. French plantation owners would cut the heads of slaves off, when they refused work or revolted, and would place them on pointed sticks or poles and line the streets and docks with these decapitated heads.   The rebellion's leaders were slaves named Quamana, Kook, Harry, Charles Deslondes, and others. They had gathered an estimated 500 slaves from plantations just to the north of New Orleans and marched toward the city in an effort to free blacks in the heart of slave country. They marched along the River Road and marched toward New Orleans from one plantation to the next securing military uniforms, horses, guns, and killing one of the most brutal savage slave owners in the area by the name of Francois Trepagnier. They also secured approximately 10 other major sugar cane plantations getting slaves to join them as they marched toward New Orleans. All of these plantations were along the Mississippi and just south of Lake Pontchartrain. Some of the black leaders were loyal slave drivers that turned on their white masters becoming tired of the brutal life they lived. 


Many Louisiana historians tried for years to hide story of this revolt and even today, on tours of plantations along the Mississippi, there is an attempt to hide this revolution. Don’t trust these tour guides as many of them are fill with fake history stories. Ancestors of these plantations have turned these plantations into museums were they purposefully hide the horrible crimes of their ancestors. Louisiana is a place filled with cover-ups and fake tour guide stories like much of the slave owning south even to this day. However, despite the fact that the German Coast rebellion was put down, it became an inspiration for blacks who would join the Union army in New Orleans during the Civil War. The slave owning Confederate South would be crushed and their system of slavery dismantled.


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