In October 1779, a force of more than 500 Haitian free blacks joined American colonist 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 a British fortification making the siege the second-most lopsided British victory of the war after Bunker Hill. Though not well known in the United States, Haiti's role in the American Revolution is a point of national pride for Haitians. There is a statue dedicated to the brave soldiers who gave their life in Franklin Square in Savannah, Georgia.
When Haiti finally gained independence from the French in 1804, the United States refused to recognize its sovereignty for many years.
"Haitians Want It Known That Haitian Heroes Aided American Revolution : Georgia: Display in museum depicts the 1779 Battle of Savannah and recalls the 'Chasseurs Volontaires'--infantry volunteers from Haiti. Placard salutes the bravest feat "ever performed by foreign troops in the American cause." ~ Dan Seawell AP
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