Jean Baptiste DuSable, Born in St Marc Haiti, Founder of Chicago

In 1774, Jean Baptiste DuSable, a black frontierman born in Haiti, founded the City of Chicago, Illinois. In case you didn't know, Jean Baptiste Pointe Du Sable was born in St. Marc, Haiti around 1745.

Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable Bust - Chicago IL

His father was french and his mother was a Haitian Slave. He was educated in France and later worked on one of his father's ships as a seaman.

Du Sable was very well educated and spoke French, Spanish and English fluently. He collected fine art and owned several European rare art pieces.

Du Sable was injured on one of his voyages and he put ashore in New Orleans to heal. After his recovery, he made his way up the Mississippi River to Illinois where he settled in Peoria. He eventually owned over 800 acres in the area.

Jean Baptiste Du Sable married a Potawatomi Indian named Kittihawa.

They had a son named Jean and a daughter named Susanne.

In 1779 he left Peoria and explored north to an area called Eschikagou, (Chicago) by the Indians. DuSable, recognizing it's future potential, decided to settle in the area and built the first permanent home on the banks of the Chicago River.

He established a trading post which became the main point of supply for traders and trappers heading west. Du Sable's trading post did very well and he became quite wealthy. A granddaughter was born in 1796 becoming the first child born in Chicago.

In 1800 Du Sable sold his entire holdings and moved to Missouri. He died on August 29, 1818 in St. Charles, Missouri.

You can add this to your list of "Famous Haitians"

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Sources:Encyclopedia Britannica,
Encyclopedia Africana
article source: multirace.org

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Susan Wow Teresa Walters, you are one ignorant woman! Learn your REAL history! Such ignorance is why the world is in such despair. Haitians actually... see more
Reply · August 25 at 9:16 AM
Shakinmyhead at Tereses Wow, are you serious?! What an immeasurably eventful article and that's what you try to pick from it? His real nationality and that... see more
Reply · November 03 at 6:01 AM
Teresa Walters DuSable was born in the Toronto area and was not even a negro. The statue is a fake.
Reply · October 31 at 12:00 PM
Teresa Walters DuSable was a mostly a white man. No full negro Haitian has ever founded or invented anything.
Reply · October 31 at 11:26 AM
Herman Schurmans Not all white people, dear brother, (as all human beings descend from one African mother). Injustice and cruelty are undeniable throughout history... see more
Reply · October 31 at 9:08 AM
Topic the article is a very good article. We need more of that. it's not uncommon to being left behind when you are black. that's the reason the greatest... see more
Reply · December 14 at 8:26 PM
Topic You should be outraged! You live in the most racially divided city in America, but one in which there is much opportunity. White people do not want... see more
Reply · June 07 at 2:27 PM
Topic this article had appeared on Chicago, Sun-Times check it online (Key word founder of chicago) Admirers rally for du Sable BY DAN ROZEK It's time to... see more
Reply · June 01 at 9:50 PM
Topic this article had appeared on Chicago, Sun-Times check it online (Key word founder of chicago) Admirers rally for du Sable BY DAN ROZEK It's time to... see more
Reply · June 01 at 9:37 PM
Topic As a young Haitians living in Chicago;I was outraged after watching a documentary on Point-du-Sable on WTTW channel 11(local station) where after... see more
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