The Famous Grenadiers A L'assaut Statement

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Scene from The Battle of Vertieres

Haitian historians reported that on November 18th, 1803, the last battle of the Expedition Santo Domingo with the slaves of the colony took place in Vertières near Cap-Francais known today as cap-Haitian or Cap-Haitien.

The troop commanded by General Rochambeau for the French Colonizer went head to head with the troop of General Jean-Jacques Dessalines, leader of the slave rebellion.

General François Capois, known as Capois-la-Mort led his brigade forward toward the forts of Vertieres under a storms of bullets from the forts

As he was approaching to Charrier, French fire killed a number of soldiers in the Haitian column. The Haitian soldiers closed ranks with great determination to win the battle, singing:

Grenadiers a l'assaut!
Sa Ki Mouri Zafe a Yo.
Nan Pwen Mamam.
Nan Pwen Papa.
Sa Ki Mouri, Zafe a Yo!
Grenadiers A l'assaut!

This is a statement that is still popular in Haiti, over two centuries after our independence

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