Cadillac Museum / Musee Cadillac


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Antoine Laumet was born in this house on March 5, 1658. Laumet became le Sieur de la Mothe Cadillac. On July 24, 1701, he founded the settlement that became Detroit, Michigan, United States of America. Accompanied by one hundred troops of the Compagnie Franche de la Marine and nearly as many Indians, Cadillac claimed Detroit in the name of King Louis XIV, who had directed him to establish forts connecting Quebec and New Orleans. Cadillac brought his family to Detroit and remained there until 1710. In 1717, after serving as Governor of Louisiana, he returned to France. He died in Castelsarrasin in 1730. In 1972 the Detroit Historical Commission and Society gave the village of St. Nicholas-de-la-Grave twenty thousand dollars to purchase and help restore this house as a museum.
 
 
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C'est dans cette maison qu'est né Antoine Laumet le 5 mars 1658. Lamet devint le Sieur de la Mothe Cadillac. Le 24 juillet 1701, il fonda le petit village qui, plus tard, deviendra Détroit, Michigan, Etats-Unis d'Amérique. Accompagné d'une centaine de soldats de la Compagnie Frache de la Marine et de presque autant d'indiens, Cadillac revendiqua Détroit pour le compte du roi Louis XIV. Ce dernier lui avait assigné la tâche d'etablir des forts reliant Québec à la Nouvelle Orléans. Cadillac fit venir sa famille à Détroit et y resta jusqu'en 1710. En 1717, après avoir servi comme Gouverneur de la Louisiane, il revint en France Il mourut à Castelarrasin en 1730. En 1972, la Commission Historique et la Société Historique de Détroit firent don de 20.000,00 dollars US l'achat de cette maison afin qu'elle puisse servir ed musée.

Pictured above, my sister, Shirley Momjian, with an official from the local tourist bureau. Also postal card from St. Nicholas de la Grave

Photo and original postcard courtesy of Shirley and Shahe Momjian.

Registered Site S0564
Erected 1984

Location: Lamothe Cadillac Avenue
St. Nicolas-de-la-Grave, France

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