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Who were the German Hessians? What were they called?

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They were 18th-century German mercenaries contracted for service under the The Crown of the British Empire.
"In the context of the British service, they were all referred to as "Hessians." The American colonists and many historians called them mercenaries."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hessian_%28soldiers%29

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