Antoine delamothe Cadillac

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Birthday
5, 1658
Birthplace
France
Death Date
Oct 16, 1730 (72)
Birth Sign
Pisces
Birthday
5, 1658
Birthplace
France
Death Date
Oct 16, 1730 (72)

About

Remembered for exploring and trading in the area of North America known during the late 17th and early 18th centuries as New France, Cadillac served as Governor of Louisiana and was responsible for founding the fort that would become the city of Detroit, Michigan.

Before Fame

He left for the New World when he was twenty five years old, arriving at Port Royal, Acadia, in 1683, and subsequently changing his legal name to Antoine de La Mothe, Sieur de Cadillac.

Trivia

He returned to his native France late in the second decade of the 18th century. Though he immediately faced half a year of prison at the Bastille, he was later presented with the Order of Saint Louis.

Family Life

Born Antoine Laumet to Protestant parents Jean and Jeanne Laumet, he spent his early years in southern France. After relocating to North America, he married Marie Therese Guyon and raised thirteen children.

Associated With

To honor Cadillac, entrepreneur Henry Leland named Cadillac, one of the car companies that established Detroit as a major automotive center, in his honor.