This Day In History: March 18, 1741

Enslaved blacks may have plotted to burn down the City of New York in the early 18th century.

A depiction of the trials following the supposed slave uprising in New York City in 1741

Imagine the following scene: The date is March 18, 1741. The place is New York City, which has a population of approximately ten thousand people, the third largest city in the British colonies. The governor’s complex, located within Fort George, is burning. Within the next few weeks, nine more serious fires…