Joyeux Anniversaire Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac! (Mar. 5, 1658 – Oct. 16, 1730)
On July 26, 1701, Antoine de La Mothe-Cadillac founded Fort Pontchartrain and the parish of Sainte-Anne on the straits (” le détroit ” in French). He was helped by Alphonse de Tonti.
1. Reproduction of painting depicting Cadillac landing in Detroit by John S. Coppin. Uniformed soldier holds flag; American Indians, canoe, priest and man in frontier apparel in background. Signed in lower right corner: “John S. Coppin, 1921.” Printed on front: “Motor News, July, 1951.” Handwritten on back: “Cadillac, Antoine de la Mothe, 1658-1730.”
2. View of tablet commemorating Fort Pontchartrain, located at the northwest stairway to the Veteran’s Memorial Building. Inscription reads: “Near this site was the gateway through the Palisade surrounding Fort Pontchartrain du Detroit. Founded July 24, 1701 by Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, to hold ‘The Strait’ for France. Placed 1951 by Fort Pontchartrain Chapter. Daughters of the American Revolution.”
3. Artist’s depiction of the landing of Cadillac in 1701. Handwritten on back: “Landing of Cadillac.” Creator: H.P. Lindsay, A.
4. View of statue of Cadillac in niche at Detroit City Hall by sculptor Julius T. Melchers. Inscribed on base: “1658-1730, Cadillac.”
5. Mural by Gari Melchers depicting Cadillac embracing his wife on wharf at Detroit, located in Adam Strohm Hall at the Detroit Public Library. Ship with Madame Tonty in foreground; soldiers and fort in background. Printed on back: “The Detroit Public Library, 5201 Woodward Avenue, Detroit 2, Michigan. Landing of Cadillac’s wife, a mural by Gari Melchers (1860-1932) in Adam Strohm Hall, Main Library. Lithocolor Division, Microfilms, Inc. Ann Arbor, Michigan.”
Courtesy of the Burton Historical Collection, Detroit Public Library