Aigleville and Arcola - The Vine and Olive Colonies
When the French monarchy was briefly restored after the exile of Napoleon Bonaparte, the supporters of the megalomaniac needed somewhere to escape while they awaited his return to power. These refuges arrived in Philadelphia in late 1816 and early 1817 but soon moved to Alabama near the present day city of Demopolis. They decided to survive on agriculture, primarily growing grapes and olive in the wilderness. The area where they lived is now parts of modern-day Marengo and Hale counties.