Detroit in Wayne County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Landing of Cadillac / Le débarquement de Cadillac
After departing Montreal June 5, 1701, Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac and his convoy of 25 canoes sailed down this river and on the evening of July 23 camped 16 miles below the present city of Detroit on what is now Grosse Ile. On the morning of July 24, Cadillac returned upriver and reached a spot on the shore near the present intersection of West Jefferson and Shelby. Pleased with the strategic features, the bank towering some 40 feet above the level of the river, Cadillac landed and planted the flag of France, taking possession of the territory in the name of King Louis XIV. The erection of a fortress was immediately begun. The stockade, formed of 15 foot oak pickets set 3 feet in the ground, occupied an area of about an acre. The fortress was named Fort Pontchartrain du Detroit (the Strait) in honor of Count Jerome de Pontchartrain, Minister of Marine. From this fort and settlement, Detroit, the Renaissance City, takes its origin.
Le débarquement de Cadillac (French side)
Après avoir quitté Montréal le 5 juin 1701, Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac descendit ce fleuve avec un convoi de vingt-cinq canoës. Le soir du 23 juillet, le détachement établit son camp à l'endroit qui s'appelle maintenant Grosse Ile, soit seize miles an aval de le position actuelle de la ville
Erected 2001 by Michigan Historical Commission-Michigan Historical Center. (Marker Number S0515.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
Location. 42° 19.631′ N, 83° 2.62′ W. Marker is in Detroit, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker can be reached from West Jefferson Avenue (State Highway 10) near Woodward Avenue (State Highway 1). Touch for map
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Cadillac Convoy / Le Convoi de Cadillac (a few steps from this marker); Ford Motor Company (within shouting distance of this marker); The Gateway to Freedom (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Detroit River Heritage (about 400 feet away); Veterans' Memorial Building (about 500 feet away); Spirit of Detroit (approx. 0.2 miles away); U.S. Topographical Engineers (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mariners' Church (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Detroit.
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Categories. • Colonial Era • Exploration • Notable Events • Notable Persons • Settlements & Settlers •
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