LaPlace, Louisiana

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LaPlace is a census-designated place (CDP) in St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana, United States, along the east bank of the Mississippi River in the New Orleans metropolitan area. The population was 27,684 at the 2000 census.

LaPlace is the southern terminus of Interstate 55, where it joins with Interstate 10, and of US 51, where it terminates at the junction with US 61. LaPlace is located 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of New Orleans.

The nickname is "Andouille Capital of the World" (for the food).[1]

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History

LaPlace was settled as a farming village in the 18th century during Louisiana's French colonial era. It was named after early settler Basile LaPlace.[2]

The city's railroad station was established in 1883.

LaPlace was the birthplace of early jazz musicians Kid Ory and Wellman Braud.

LaPlace has been designated "Andouille Capital of the World." An Andouille Festival is held every year in October.

On January 08, 1811 a slave revolt began near Laplace known as the 1811 German Coast Uprising. This is claimed to be the largest slave uprising in the country with an estimated number of 500. It was far larger than the revolt of 1836, that was more notorious, although there may have been far more over all in the 1836 revolt and ensuing three years of conflict. The revolt of 1836 known as the "Black Seminole Revolt" had an estimated number of 385 at the height of the revolt. The difference is that the revolt of 1811 ended in three days with many of the leaders and other being killed. The revolt of 1836 ended when the army chose to grant freedom to the holdouts in exchange for surrender. This is the only emancipation of rebellious African Americans prior to the U.S. Civil War.

James H. Dormon, a University of Southwestern Louisiana professor of history and American studies, in a 1978 anthology, "Readings in Louisiana History"; wrote an article concerning thr revolt of 1811 as did the late Thomas Marshall Thompson in the winter 1992 edition of Louisiana Quarterly.

The Bonnet Carré Crevasse of 1871 accured near LaPlace and resulted in severe flooding of New Orleans.

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