John’s Believe It Or Not… July 19th

* 1701 – Cadillac arrives at Detroit with a fleet of settlers. * 1799 Rosetta Stone found. * 1979 Oil tankers collide in Caribbean Sea. * 1848 Seneca Falls Convention begins. * 2003 Thousands of fans join the Miami funeral procession of Celia Cruz.

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* 1701 – Cadillac arrives at Detroit with a fleet of settlers.

Antoine Laumet, dit de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac 1658-1730, soldier, explorer, and French colonial Governor, born March 5, 1658 at Les Laumets, Saint-Nicolas-de-la-Grave, Gascony, France, the son of Jean Laumet, an assistant magistrate in the local court; died October 15, 1730 at Castelsarrasin, France. Cadillac is educated in a military school, then joins the regiment of Dampierre-Lorraine. Legend says he possessed a very long nose that supposedly inspired Edmond Rostand’s play, Cyrano de Bergerac, and that he inspired King Louis XIV with his wit, courage, honesty, and swordsmanship. He was sent to New France to work under Governor Frontenac as investigator for the king, reporting on corruption in the colony. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… July 19th”

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