This Day in History: 1773-03-13

Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, a free African American (born around the year 1750 in Haiti), establishes the settlement that is now known as Chicago, Illinois. In Chicago, Point du Sable is recognized as it’s founder and his name is honored around the city on a bridge, museum, park and in other areas.   Point du Sable was a wealthy trader and landowner.  He later moved to St. Charles, Missouri and it was there that he died on August 28,1818. Learn more.