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Old April 22nd, 2014, 10:42 AM   #1
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Haitians in the American Revolution


I am currently reading "Washington: A Life" and decided to do some further research about Haitians in the American Revolution.

From what I read so far the Haitians fought for England and had no qualms about brutally killing unarmed colonial soldiers after the battle had been won.

What is confusing is this article honoring Haitian soldiers for heroics during the Revolutionary war. Did the Haitians join the side of the colonies in 1791 after the slave revolt in Haiti or am I mixing something up?
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I am currently reading "Washington: A Life" and decided to do some further research about Haitians in the American Revolution.

From what I read so far the Haitians fought for England and had no qualms about brutally killing unarmed colonial soldiers after the battle had been won.

What is confusing is this article honoring Haitian soldiers for heroics during the Revolutionary war. Did the Haitians join the side of the colonies in 1791 after the slave revolt in Haiti or am I mixing something up?
Wait, why would slaves/soldiers from a French colony be fighting for the English?

edit: Some quick googling tells me that about 500 free black Haitians were among French troops fighting at the Siege of Savannah. Mystery solved?

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Did the Haitians join the side of the colonies in 1791 after the slave revolt in Haiti or am I mixing something up?
How could Haitians go about joining "the side of the colonies" in 1791 when the American revolutionary war ended in, what, 1783?
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Maybe your mixing up the Haitian revolution and the US one.

The Haitian revolution was fought between the black Haitians and the French (including Poles)in the 1790s. It was a very brutal war, and neither side showed much quarter to combatants and when victory was nearly done the Haitians exterminated almost all the white French on the island.. Women and children. Haitians who had fought for France or supported France were put to the sword.

The American Revolution was earlier. I'm unfamiliar with Haitians fighting for either side though I know the British would let blacks join up and some rebel units had free coloured men either in seperate companies or mixed together.
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I am listening to the audiobook and I thought the person reading was saying "Haitians". This really confused me and that is why I posted this question.

Doing further research he was saying "Hessians", which were German soldiers contracted by the British government.

Please allow me to apologize for the very poor first post. I will make sure I try to do further research prior to posting. With that said, I honestly thought he was saying Haitians...

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I am listening to the audiobook and I thought the person reading was saying "Haitians". This really confused me and that is why I posted this question.

Doing further research he was saying "Hessians", which were German soldiers contracted by the British government.

Please allow me to apologize for the very poor first post. I will make sure I try to do further research prior to posting. With that said, I honestly thought he was saying Haitians...

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Well, it could be worse. You could have misheard them say "Martians."

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The Hessians!

In truth they were mainly used as garrison troops, it was mainly the Grenadiers that saw the most action, and the excellent Jagers.
Very interesting corps of men.

Pretty interesting first post still. I had no idea Haitians fought for the rebels so I learnt something.
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I am listening to the audiobook and I thought the person reading was saying "Haitians". This really confused me and that is why I posted this question.

Doing further research he was saying "Hessians", which were German soldiers contracted by the British government.

Please allow me to apologize for the very poor first post. I will make sure I try to do further research prior to posting. With that said, I honestly thought he was saying Haitians...

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It's ok, as it turns out, some Haitians really did fight with the French during the American Revolution!
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Well, it could be worse. You could have misheard them say "Martians."

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during the french revolution there were quite a few people of color fighting for the revolution. One reason "equality" a strong abolition belief. strange that later on the pendulum moved back.
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during the french revolution there were quite a few people of color fighting for the revolution. One reason "equality" a strong abolition belief. strange that later on the pendulum moved back.
I'm not sure what this has to do with my remark. "Martians" and "Hessian" sound similar. Obviously, unless we're doing a movie similar to Cowboys and Aliens, or that one about Lincoln and vampires, no Martians would have fought in the Revolutionary War.

It was a joke intended to make the OP feel welcome, we all make mistakes - it's good to laugh at ourselves every once in awhile when that happens.



It's nice to see you around, Port, don't think I've shared a thread with you for awhile. Good day to you. .
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