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.
On January 8, 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" or Second Seminole War 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 the revolt of 1811 as did the late Thomas Marshall Thompson in the winter 1992 edition of Louisiana 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 disconnection from him by using the spelling "LaPlace", which was accepted.