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 is 32,134 at the 2010 census.
LaPlace's nickname is the "Andouille Capital of the World", referring to a variety of sausage.
The city's railroad station was established in 1883.
LaPlace has been designated "Andouille Capital of the World." An Andouille Festival is held every year in October. In his program "Feasting on Asphalt," TV chef Alton Brown visits LaPlace to sample its excellent sausage.
In early January of 1811, a slave revolt began near LaPlace, known as the German Coast Uprising. This is said to have been the largest slave rebellion in U.S. history, with at least 200 and possibly as many as 500 insurgents.
It was larger than the revolt of 1836, which was more notorious; although there may have been many more slaves involved, overall, in the 1836 uprising and its ensuing three years of conflict. The revolt of 1836, known as the "Black Seminole Revolt" or Second Seminole War had an estimated number of 385 rebels at its height.
The difference is that the revolt of 1811 was ruthlessly put down by local white "militia" men within three days, and many of the rebel leaders and others were executed. The more extended rebellion of 1836 ended when the U.S. Army offered freedom to the holdouts, in exchange for a surrender. This was the only governmental emancipation of rebellious African American slaves in the antebellum era.
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 the revolt of 1811, as did the late Thomas Marshall Thompson in the winter 1992 edition of Louisiana Historical Quarterly.
LaPlace is written with a capital letter in the middle of the word because Basile Laplace had a questionable background. A female member of the St. John the Baptist Parish Police Jury (the parish government) suggested a disassociation from him by using the spelling "LaPlace", which was agreed upon.
The Port of South Louisiana now maintains its headquarters in LaPlace.