Polish in Casal

Polish in Casal

Approximately 5200 Poles traveled to Saint Dominque in 1802 to fight as part of the Napoleon army. It is said that they were informed of a revolt in the country, but didn't realize it was a fight for freedom until landing on Haiti's shore. After a 1772 invasion by Austria, Prussia and Russia, the Polish legion splintered into those who sympathized with the Haitians and couldn't continue to fight with the French, despite what it meant for the alliance between France and their war-torn country, and those who chose to remain loyal to the French.

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