The Stono Rebellion, the largest slaveinsurrection in British North America,began nearby on September 9, 1739.About 20 Africans raided a store nearWallace Creek, a branch of the Stono River. Taking guns and other weapons,they killed two shopkeepers. The Rebelsmarched south toward promised freedomin Spanish Florida, waving flags, beatingdrums, and shouting "Liberty!"
The rebels were joined by 40 to 50 moreduring their 15~mile march. They killedat least 20 whites, but spared others. The rebellion ended late that afternoonwhen militia caught the rebels, killing atleast 34 of them. Most who escaped werecaptured and executed; any forced to jointhe rebels were released. The S.C.assembly soon enacted a harsh slavecode, in force until 1865.