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Regarded as the first permanent resident of what later became Chicago, Illinois, and is recognized as the "Founder of Chicago". The site where he settled near the mouth of the Chicago River around the 1780s is identified as a National Historic Landmark, now located in Pioneer Court. Point du Sable was of African descent but little else is known of his life prior to the 1770s. During his career, the areas where he settled and traded around the Great Lakes and in the Illinois Country changed hands several times among France, Britain, Spain and the new United States. Described as handsome and well educated, Point du Sable married a Native American woman, Kitiwaha, and they had two children.
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06/06/1772-Haitian explorer Jean Baptiste Point du Sable settles Chicago 
03/12/1773-Jean Baptiste Point du Sable founds settlement now known as Chicago 
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Jean Baptiste Point du Sable1750 ca1770
 
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