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Léogâne is the name of both a coastal city and a district in Ouest Department, Haiti. The city of Léogâne is around 18°30′39″N 72°38′2″W / 18.51083°N 72.63389°W / 18.51083; -72.63389. The arrondissement of Léogâne contains three communes: Petit-Goâve, Grand-Goâve, and the city of Léogâne. The town was at the epicenter of the 12 January 2010 earthquake and was catastrophically affected, with 80–90% of buildings damaged. This is because the country could not afford earthquake-proof buildings as it is very poor.[1][2]

The port town is about 29 kilometres (18 mi) West of the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince. Léogâne is the birthplace of the Taíno queen Anacaona (the town was originally called the Amerindian name Yaguana and the city's name is a corruption of that) and of Marie-Claire Heureuse Félicité, the wife of the Haitian revolutionary Jean-Jacques Dessalines (1758).

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  1. Lisa Millar (17 January 2010). "Tens of thousands neglected at quake epicenter". ABC News. Agence France Presse. Retrieved 17 January 2010.
  2. Lisa Millar (17 January 2010). "Haiti Disaster Like "No Other"". ABC News. Agence France Presse. Retrieved 17 January 2010.[permanent dead link]