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Desprez, Henriques (fl. 1777) Account of slave rebellion in New Orleans [in Spanish]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03040 Author/Creator: Desprez, Henriques (fl. 1777) Place Written: New Orleans, Louisiana Type: Letter signed Date: 24 February 1777 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Account of a slave rebellion while New Orleans was under Spanish rule. States that the rebellion occurred on 9 and 10 February 1777. Discusses what should be done to prevent future rebellions. States that drinking causes slaves to commit crimes and advises taking away their weapons. Mentions an uprising in the Suriname capital of Dutch Guinea in 1762 where all the whites were killed. Lists provisions that should be made to keep slaves from drinking, such as requiring bartenders not to serve them without their masters' permission.

People: Desprez, Henrique, fl. 1777.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: African American History, Slavery, Rebellion, Slave Rebellion, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Alcohol, Weaponry, Caribbean, Crime

Sub Era: The War for Independence