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Conspiracy in New York

Horsmanden, Daniel, A journal of the proceedings in the detection of the conspiracy formed by some white people, in conjunction with negro and other slaves, for burning the city of New-York in America, and murdering the inhabitants : which conspiracy was partly put in execut, London : Reprinted and sold by John Clarke under the Royal Exchange, Cornhill, 1747.

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture / Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division

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Conspiracy in New York

In 1741, enslaved people organized a conspiracy to burn down New York City and get their freedom. Between May and August, thirteen conspirators were burned at the stake, seventeen black men, two white men, and two white women were hanged. Seventy black men were exiled to Hispaniola, Portugal, Surinam, Madeira, Curacao, Newfoundland, and St. Thomas.

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