In one of the first incidents of its kind in the history of the Euro-American colonies, a group of black slaves rebelled against their masters in New York City. The riot took place in April 1712.
Nine white colonists were killed by the slaves during the riot. The militia had to be called out to bring the riot to a halt.
Reports of the rebellion vary. One report stated that twenty-one of the slaves involved in the riot were executed. Another report claimed that only twelve of the slaves were actually hung, but that six condemned men committed suicide before they could be taken to the gallows.