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Record #: SO2019-7918   
Type: Ordinance Status: Introduced
Intro date: 10/16/2019 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Transportation and Public Way
Final action:
Title: Renaming of outer Lake Shore Drive from W Hollywood Blvd to E 67th St as "Jean Baptiste Point du Sable Drive"
Sponsors: Moore, David H., King, Sophia D., Coleman, Stephanie D. , Hadden, Maria E. , Curtis, Derrick G., Taliaferro, Chris, Reboyras, Ariel, Martin, Matthew J. , Burnett, Jr., Walter, Sigcho-Lopez, Byron, Brookins, Jr., Howard
Topic: STREETS - Miscellaneous
Attachments: 1. SO2019-7918.pdf, 2. O2019-7918.pdf

WHEREAS, The members of the City Council of Chicago wish to recognize, honor, and commemorate Jean Baptiste Point du Sable as the "Founder of Chicago"; and

WHEREAS, Jean Baptiste Point du Sable (also spelled Point de Sable, Point au Sable, Point Sable, and Pointe DuSable) Is regarded as the first permanent non-Indigenous settler of what would later become Chicago, Illinois. A school, museum, harbor, park, and bridge have been named in his honor. 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; and
WHEREAS, 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; and
WHEREAS, In 1779, during the American Revolutionary War, Point du Sable was arrested by the British military on suspicion of being an American rebel sympathizer, In the early 1780s he worked for the British lieutenant-governor of Mlchilimacklnaconart estate at what is now the city of St. Clair, Michigan north of Detroit; and
WHEREAS, Point du Sable is first recorded as living at the mouth of the Chicago River in a trader's journal of early 1790. By then he had established an extensive and prosperous trading settlement in what later became the City of Chicago. He sold his Chicago River property in 1800 and moved to the port of St. Charles, where he was licensed to run a Missouri River ferry. Point du Sable's successful role in developing the Chicago River settlement was little recognized until the mid-20th century; and
WHEREAS, With the exception of the Du Sable Museum and the little known recognition on the Chicago River, very few peopl...

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