Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Detroit's Founder Died 282 Years Ago Today

Elizabeth Grutza with Antoine Cadillac - Photo by  David Yee
Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac passed away 282 years ago today in Castelsarrasin, France. During his 72 years on this Earth, he fathered 13 children with his wife Marie-Thérèse, served as the third French governor of Louisiana, and, in July of 1701, founded Fort Pontchartrain du Détroit, which later became the city of Detroit that we know and love today.

A statue of Cadillac stands today in Hart Plaza to commemorate his landing in Detroit. If he could see it, I think he would enjoy the photo that David Yee took of Elizabeth Grutza at his statue. I know I did.

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