The Black Man Who Founded Chicago

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Point du Sable – By Oguejiofo Annu

There is no known record of Point du Sable’s life prior to the 1770s; his birth year, place of birth, and parents are unknown, though he is suspected to have been of Muurish American, or an original Moor of Europe, a Black American Indian (yes they are thousands of them) or a man of African descent. Anyway, he was a black man in the modern day sense.

Point du Sable married a Potawatomi woman named Catherine some time in the 1770s, they had a son named Jean and a daughter named Susanne….

Point du Sable is the earliest recorded resident of the settlement close to the mouth of the Chicago River that grew to become the city of Chicago.

He was equally an Indian chieftain, serving the Potowamami nation that owned the neighbourhoods adjacent to Chicago, as one of their wise elders.

He is universally acknowledged as the first permanent resident of Chicago and given the appellation “Founder of Chicago”.


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