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Jean-Baptiste Pointe DuSable

1745-1818

 

—Founder of Chicago —

 
Jean-Baptiste Pointe DuSable Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 4, 2012
1. Jean-Baptiste Pointe DuSable Marker
Inscription.
African-Caribbean, born in St.Marc, Haiti
In the 1770's he opened the first trading post,
beside the Chicago River, establishing
the settlement that became Chicago.
The DuSable homestead was located near this site.

This monument was given to the City of Chicago
by Haitian-born Mr. Lesley Benodin
to honor the legacy of its founder.

Bust of Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable
Erik Blome
2009

City of Chicago
Richard M Daley, Mayor
Public Art Collection

 
Erected 2009 by The City of Chicago.
 
Location. 41° 53.353′ N, 87° 37.43′ W. Marker is in Chicago, Illinois, in Cook County. Touch for map. Marker is in Pioneer Court near the Chicago River. Marker is in this post office area: Chicago IL 60611, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Discoverers (a few steps from this marker); Louis Jolliet & Père Jacques Marquette (within shouting distance of this marker); The Pioneers (within shouting distance of this marker); Green Bay Road (within shouting distance of this marker); Regeneration
Jean-Baptiste Pointe DuSable Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 4, 2012
2. Jean-Baptiste Pointe DuSable Marker
(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Catherine and Jean-Baptiste Point du Sable (about 300 feet away); Jack Brickhouse (about 300 feet away); Rene Robert Cavalier Sieur de La Salle (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chicago.
 
Regarding Jean-Baptiste Pointe DuSable. "Baptiste Point DeSaible, an handsome negro, well educated and settled at Eschikagou; but much in the French interest" -- Colonel Arent Schuyler DePeyster, British commander at Michilimackinac, 1779.
 
Also see . . .  Jean Baptiste Point de Sable. The Founder of Modern Chicago by John F. Swenson, (Submitted on December 7, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansColonial EraSettlements & Settlers
 
Jean-Baptiste Pointe DuSable image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 4, 2012
3. Jean-Baptiste Pointe DuSable
Jean-Baptiste Pointe DuSable image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 4, 2012
4. Jean-Baptiste Pointe DuSable
Statue by Erik Blome
Imaginary View image. Click for full size.
By T. A. Andreas, 1884
5. Imaginary View
An Imaginary View of the Site of Chicago in 1779, (Then Called Eschikago), showing the cabin of Jean Baptiste Point De Saible, (Colored), The First Permanent Settler.
frontispiece of A.T. Andreas, History of Chicago, 1884.
DuSable Homestead, 1779 image. Click for full size.
By T. A. Andreas, 1884
6. DuSable Homestead, 1779
Detail of the Imaginary View
Jean Baptiste Point De Saible image. Click for full size.
By T. A. Andreas, 1884
7. Jean Baptiste Point De Saible
Detail of the Imaginary View
Jean-Baptiste Pointe DuSable image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 4, 2012
8. Jean-Baptiste Pointe DuSable
"an handsome negro"
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 7, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 400 times since then and 58 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on December 7, 2014, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Al Wolf was the editor who published this page.
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