|Posted by Gilbert Stack on January 8, 2018 at 5:10 AM|
On this day (January Eight) in 1811, Charles Deslonde led a slave revolt in the Territory of Orleans. Deslonde had been a “driver” (a slave overseer of other slaves) who had been brought to the area after his owner fled the slave rebellion in San Domingue. He rallied slaves from his own plantation, attacked the owner and his son, then led his recruits to other plantations adding to his force. They burnt three plantations and gathered about 200 slaves to support their rebellion, but couldn’t find enough weapons. Three days later, a white militia killed forty of them, and then 14 more in follow up skirmishes. They captured many slaves, interrogated them, and executed them. In all 95 insurgents were killed as a result of putting down the rebellion.