Who first discovered Chicago?
Before the city proper was established, Potowotami Indians lived
nearby, based in present-day Ottawa, IL. It was this group that
lead 17th Century explorers Joliet and Lafayette (actually a
missionary) to the mouth of the Chicago River. This was 1673. It
wasn't until over a hundred years later that Jean Baptiste Pointe
du Sable established a permanent trading post near the mouth of the
river. He was set up near where the Tribune Tower now stands on
Michigan Avenue. The City of Chicago has actually put markers
notifying those who are interested where this- and other- sites
are. JB du Sable arrived sometime in the 1770's, as most establish
the arrival year of 1779. It is widely held, however, that du Sable
had already constructed a trading post, a school, market - indeed a
whole community - by that time.
Jean Baptiste Point du Sable is considered to be Chicago's founder.
Chicago, being a city, wasn't discovered, it was created. Although various Native American groups lived in the area that became Chicago for hundreds, maybe thousands of years before European settlement, the first non-native permanent settler in Chicago was Jean Baptiste Pointe du Sable, a Haitian of African and French descent, who settled on the Chicago River in the 1770s. He didn't found Chicago, but his settlement was the first non-Native one to stick. Chicago was…