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Deslondes, however, "was not the contented slave he appeared" but "one of the key architects of an elaborate scheme to kill off the white planters, seize power for the black slaves, and win his own freedom and that of all those laboring in chains on the German Coast."
Though the slave army's ultimate goal was New Orleans, its uprising began in "one of the wealthiest and most fertile stretches of agricultural land in North America: Louisiana's famed German Coast."
The former had apparently spread a rumour that an invasion of the German Coast was to take place, and the enemy concentrated numbers of troops there in case it happened.
Page 9 it not been for Bolus's generosity in giving "the boys" a chance to win back by doubling off on the high hand, there is no knowing what charges of owners would not have occurred in the Rapides or on the German Coast.
And on the night of January 8, 1811, along Louisiana's German Coast, he led the largest slave uprising in American history.
The pattern of mutations on Louisiana's Côte des Allemands, or German Coast, was very unusual, if not unique.