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Brewman_Jax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-11-07 05:05 PM
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109. Haitian troops that fought for the colonies in the American Revolution
In October 1779, a force of more than 500 Haitian free blacks joined American colonists and French troops in an unsuccessful push to drive the British from Savannah in coastal Georgia.

More than 300 allied soldiers were gunned down charging British fortifications Oct. 9, making the siege the second-most lopsided British victory of the war after Bunker Hill.

Though not well known in the U.S., Haiti's role in the American Revolution is a point of national pride for Haitians. After returning home from the war, Haitian veterans soon led their own rebellion that won Haiti's independence from France in 1804.

It's unclear exactly what role Haitian troops played in the battle at Savannah because Haitian records from that era were destroyed by fire in the 1830s, said Scott Smith, director of Savannah's Coastal Heritage Society, which is dedicating a park on the battlefield site Tuesday.

But surviving records show 545 Haitian soldiers sailed to Savannah in 1779, making them the largest military unit of the Savannah battle. The Haitians are also believed to have been the largest black unit to serve in the American Revolution.


http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/southflorida/sfl...

Writer's note: I had never heard of this military involvement by Haiti or any other non-European country. In return, when Haiti became independent, they were thrown under the bus. Can't have those slaves in the US getting ideas about freedom.
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