New York Slave Revolt of 1712
- Graham Russell Hodges
One of the first such uprisings on the North American continent, the New York slave revolt of 1712 shows how Africans and African Americans responded to marginalized freedom and deepened servitude in New York. Planning for the attacks occurred on 25 March 1712, which was New Year's Day on the Old Style calendar still in use in Britain and its colonies. During the night of 1 April, blacks set fire to a house on the outskirts of the city; when whites answered the alarm, the rebels “stood in the streets and shot down and stabbed as many as they could,” killing about eight and wounding perhaps twelve more. The Reverend John Sharpe of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel SPG in New York provided an apt description Some Negro slaves of the Nations of the Carmantee and Pappa plotted to destroy all the whites in order ...
A version of this article originally appeared in The Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619–1895.