I have just finished reading the book "Voyage d'un Naturaliste en Haïti" written in early 19th century by Michel Etienne Descourtilz. The author visited Haïti from 1799 to 1803. He was married to a Desdunes in France, whose family own numerous "habitation" in Saint-Domingue, including the habitation Desdunes in the Artibonite, located at the same place as teh haitian town that still carried that name today . His family-in-law lodged him while he was in the colony and he makes numerous mention of them in his book, including the violent death of several members of that family at the hands of the "indigène" at Petit-Rivière-de-l'Artibonite, during the massacre of hundreds of Frenchmen by Dessalines right before the bombardment of the fort "La crete a Pierrot" just outside that town.
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