The Poles came to Haiti in 1802 as part of the Napoleon army sent to suppress the slave revolts that threatened to destabilize the French rule over the island. However, after figuring out that the plight of the black slaves in Haiti was not so far removed from their own struggles back in Poland, many soldiers began to be conflicted. Their home country was, itself, embroiled in a fight for their independence, and joining with the French army had been a way of securing aid for their fight. Still, by 1804, many Poles began fighting on the side of the slaves, unable to justify killing those who dreamed of the same freedom they did.
For their loyalty, Casal, in the Grande Anse Department, close to Port-au-Prince, was given to the former Napoleonic soldiers, who were naturalized as reward for their efforts. Their selfless contribution was a great aid to Haiti in a time of need, one that should never be forgotten.
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