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What were the causes of the Stono Rebellion?

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The Stono Rebellion was a slave rebellion in South Carolina in 1739. While it isn’t totally clear why this rebellion occurred, there are a few possible explanations. One possible explanation is that the Spanish were advertising that any slave who escaped to St. Augustine, Florida would be given freedom and land. When England and Spain went to war, some slaves hoped that by escaping to Spanish Florida, they would get the land and freedom they heard Spain was promising.

Another factor that may have contributed to the Stono Rebellion was the fear many white people had of a slave rebellion occurring. When the Security Act was passed, white men were required...

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