Marchand Dessalines is known as the First Black Capital of the New World. Marchand Dessalines was the first town founded after the Haitian declaration of independence in 1804. The attraction in this town is a network of fortifications, six in total, built for defensive as well as offensive purposes. Scattered across the town of Marchand Dessalines are sites of historical importance and pretty houses that used to belong to famous people in Haiti’s history, e.g. the tile-roofed house of Marie-Claire Heureuse Félicité (the Emperor’s spouse), the house of Charlotin Marcadieu, the graves of General Brutus, Colonel Gabart and Benoît Batraville, as well as the remains of Dessalines’ house, several caverns, and the local market, which reflects the Haitian culture. 
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