Du Sable: Meet explorer who is the founder and father of Chicago

Du Sable: Meet explorer who is the founder and father of Chicago

- The founder and father of Chicago is Jean Baptiste Point Du Sable of Haiti

- He was born in St Marc, Santa Domingo (eastern Haiti), in 1745

- It is believed that Du Sable was born to an African mother and a French father who was a merchant mariner

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Jean Baptiste Point Du Sable, who was born in St Marc, Santa Domingo (eastern Haiti), in 1745, is recognised as the founder and father of Chicago, Black Heroes reports.

Briefly.co.za notes that Du Sable was said to have settled in Chicago on June 6, 1750.

Despite being recognised with memorabilia in many parts of Chicago, few people know of Sable's history and his recognised status as the founder and father of Chicago.

It is believed that he was born to an African mother and a French father who was a merchant mariner.

Du Sable: Meet Haitian explorer who is the founder and father of Chicago

Jean Baptiste Point Du Sable. Photo credit: Chicago Tribune
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He was said to have moved to Louisiana Territory, then New Orleans, then St Louis, all under French colonial rule at the time.

There is a commemorative bust of Du Sable along the Chicago River.

The DuSable Museum of African American History and the Jean Baptiste Point DuSable High School are both named in his honour.

Du Sable died in St Charles, Missouri, on August 28, 1818.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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