W ramach walki z dobrym imieniem Polaków i Polski w mediach pojawiają się artykuły o wydumanym mordowaniu* powstańców na Haiti przez polskich legionistów.Pewnie za to *; pierwszy szef państwa na Haiti Jean-Jacques Dessalines nazwał Polaków „Białymi Murzynami Europy”, co było wówczas uważane za wielki zaszczyt, ponieważ oznaczało braterstwo między Polakami a Haitańczykami. Póżniejsza konstytucja haitańska pozwoliła im zostać jako jedynym obcokrajowcom na Haiti, przyznając im obywatelstwo oraz podarowując ziemię.
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As part of the fight against the good name of Poles and Poland, there are articles in the media about the imaginary murdering of * insurgents in Haiti by Polish legionnaires. Probably for this *; the first head of state in Haiti, Jean-Jacques Dessalines, called Poles „White Negroes of Europe”, which was considered a great honor at the time, because it meant brotherhood between Poles and Haitians. A later Haitian constitution allowed them to become the only foreigners in Haiti, granting them citizenship and giving land.
Dating back to the Haitian Revolution, the Polish influence started in the town of Cazale. In 1802, Napoleon added a Polish legion of around 5,200 to the forces sent to Saint-Domingue to fight off the slave rebellion. However, the Poles were told that there was a revolt in Saint-Domingue; upon arrival the platoon soon discovered that what was actually going on in the colony was a rebellion of slaves fighting off their French masters for their freedom.
During this time, there was a familiar situation going on back in their homeland as these Polish soldiers were fighting for their liberty from the occupying forces of Russia, Prussia and Austria that began in 1772. As hopeful as the Haitians, many Poles were seeking union amongst themselves to win back their freedom and independence by organizing an uprising. They made advances to ally with France and joined Napoleon’s army, but were distinct as the Polish unit nonetheless.
As a result, many Polish soldiers admired their enemy and decided to turn on the French army and join the Haitian slaves, and participated in the Haitian revolution of 1804. For their loyalty and support for overthrowing the French, the Poles acquired Haitian citizenship after Haiti gained its independence.
Haiti’s first head of state Jean-Jacques Dessalines called Polish people „the White Negroes of Europe”, which was then regarded a great honour, as it meant brotherhood between Poles and Haitians. Many years later François Duvalier, the president of Haiti who was known for his black nationalist and Pan-African views, used the same concept of „European white negroes” while referring to Polish people and glorifying their patriotism.