Windy City

Windy City

Written on 10/13/2021
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Jean-Baptist-Point Du Sable, born in St. Marc, Sainte-Domingue (now Haiti), was a black pioneer trader and discoverer of the settlement that later became the city of Chicago.

In the early 1780's, Du Sable settled on the shore of what is now called Lake Michigan in a marshy area the Native Americans called Eschikagu, “the place of bad smells.” He built a home on the north bank of what is now the Chicago River, claimed about 800 acres of land and established a thriving trading post which included a mill, smokehouse, workshop, barn and other smaller buildings. The post became a major supply station for other traders in the Great Lakes region. 


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