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Old 05-19-2014, 01:29 PM
 
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You're sure that she is Haitian? That skin doesn't look as if she was born with heavy sun exposure.
She was born in Venezuela - her parents were born in Haiti and left during the Papa Doc years. She identifies herself as Haitian.

 
Old 05-19-2014, 02:15 PM
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I wondered why some of my Haitian friends had Polish surnames.
Some of them might have been from Cazale, where alot of persons of both Polish and African ancestry live. It doesn't hurt to ask which part of Haiti they came from.
 
Old 05-20-2014, 06:22 PM
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Almost all Polish descendants in Haiti can probably trace their lineage to the Polish troops that arrived in Napoleon Bonaparte's army in the late 1700s and early 1800s in his attempt to take back control of Saint-Domigue and put an end to the slave revolt. The Polish troops mostly deserted once they arrived to the island and for this reason Dessalines spared their life.
 
Old 05-20-2014, 11:04 PM
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Almost all Polish descendants in Haiti can probably trace their lineage to the Polish troops that arrived in Napoleon Bonaparte's army in the late 1700s and early 1800s in his attempt to take back control of Saint-Domigue and put an end to the slave revolt. The Polish troops mostly deserted once they arrived to the island and for this reason Dessalines spared their life.
True. And Poland was also one of the first nations to abolish slavery. That might have played a part.
 
Old 05-23-2014, 08:18 PM
 
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WTF does that even mean..

I am sure that you know that skin that is heavily exposed to the direct rays of the sun changes, and this is particularly true for light skinned people. A white person living in Florida or the Caribbean will have visibly different skin than some one who lives in NYC, where the sun's rays are less direct, even in the summer.
 
Old 05-23-2014, 08:19 PM
 
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Almost all Polish descendants in Haiti can probably trace their lineage to the Polish troops that arrived in Napoleon Bonaparte's army in the late 1700s and early 1800s in his attempt to take back control of Saint-Domigue and put an end to the slave revolt. The Polish troops mostly deserted once they arrived to the island and for this reason Dessalines spared their life.

And I would imagine most Haitians of European descent are descended from these people as I can't imagine too many French men stuck around after the Revolutionary.
 
Old 05-24-2014, 10:13 AM
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And I would imagine most Haitians of European descent are descended from these people as I can't imagine too many French men stuck around after the Revolutionary.
And later on, people of Lebanese and Syrian descent moved to Haiti as well.
 
Old 05-24-2014, 04:35 PM
 
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It's a pleasure to see people know some facts about Haiti.
 
Old 05-24-2014, 06:37 PM
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It's a pleasure to see people know some facts about Haiti.
It is important that more people look things up, get to know more things about a place beyond the headlines.
 
Old 05-24-2014, 09:28 PM
 
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It is important that more people look things up, get to know more things about a place beyond the headlines.
Especially bias media.

I love learning about other cultures. Each day I'm looking a new country. For example I'm looking up Kiribati right now lol. Only because they are so deep in the middle of the ocean.
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