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BLACK HISTORY FACTS: Du Sable was born in approximately 1745 in the village of St. Marc on the island of Saint Dominique, in the region now known as the country of Haiti. His mother was African and a former slave. His father was a French mariner of some success, who took Du Sable to France for his education. There, the boy acquired a taste for fine art and culture, as well as languages. In addition to his native French, he learned English and Spanish, and assembled an impressive collection of valuable works of art.Subsequently, Du Sable began sailing on his father’s ships as a seaman. On one such voyage, from Saint Dominique to the then-French colony of New Orleans, his ship was damaged. The boat sank, and Du Sable was injured. He managed to make his way to the mainland, but had lost his identity papers. Complicating the situation, he found that the Spaniards had taken control of the city, and he faced arrest and even enslavement. Fortunately, a contingent of French Jesuits protected him while he recovered from his injuries. At that time, sensing opportunity, he felt compelled to explore the interior of the American wilderness.Du Sable ventured up the Mississippi River to the area now known as the state of Illinois. In the early 1770s, he settled in what is now Peoria. There, he gradually acquired more than 800 acres of land. Having learned several Indian languages, and evidently having mastered the necessary diplomatic skills, Du Sable formed a close relationship with the indigenous Pottawatomie tribe. By some accounts, Du Sable actually joined the tribe; according to others, the tribe “gave” him the woman who became his common-law wife. Her native name was Kihihawa, and Du Sable called her Catherine. It is likely that they had an Indian marriage ceremony. Catherine and Du Sable would eventually have two children: a daughter, Susanne, and a son named Jean. #FounderOfChicago #Haitian #HaitianHero #Chicago #ProudPeople #MoreThan1804 #ZoeMovement Also the First Haitian individual on a stamp #HaitianHeritage

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The Month of May is #HaitianHeritageMonth Let us celebrate our #Culture #Heritage #History #Legacy Let us always remember the efforts and bravery of our Hero’s and Shero’s and the fight for our Independence. Our rich culture is a part of World History. We honor the ancestors because without them and what they’ve achieved we would not be here today. So much was sacrificed and we acknowledge the struggle so we could be in a better place now. Let us remember their sacrifice and let it not go in vain. The Blue and Red flag with the coat of arms within the center hangs high. treat it with Respect, Love and Honor #Libetè #Ègalitè #Fraternitè #LunionFaitLaForce #HaitiLives @HaitiLives #BleuEtRouj #HaitianPride #ZoesUp #ZoeSalute #ZoeMovement #HaitiansEverywhere #May18HaitianFlagDay #BlackJacobins #Creole #Zoes #imaZOE #MoreHan1804 #HaitianRevolution #LaBelleVie #1804 #Haitian #AyitiCherie #Ayisien4Life #LittleHaiti #1stIndependentBlackNation #PearlOfTheAntilles #MountainousLand #Ayiti

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