March 13, 1773 – Jean Baptiste Point du Sable
It is believed that on this date, March 13, 1773, Jean Baptiste Point du Sable established the area that is now known as Chicago, Illinois.
Jean Baptiste Point du Sable was a free African American born around or before the year 1750 in Haiti. 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.