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Antoine de la Mothe,
sieur de Cadillac
Statue of Cadillac
Statue of Cadillac in
Hart Plaza in Detroit, Michigan
3rd French Colonial Governor of Louisiana
In office
Monarch Louis XIV
Louis XV
Preceded by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville
Succeeded by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville
Personal details
Antoine Laumet

(1658-03-05)March 5, 1658
Saint-Nicolas-de-la-Grave, France
Died October 16, 1730(1730-10-16) (aged 72)
Castelsarrasin, France
Resting place Church of the Carmelite Fathers of Castelsarrasin
Spouse(s) Marie-Thérèse Guyon
Occupation Governor, explorer, adventurer
Known for Founder of Detroit
Military service
Allegiance Early modern France Kingdom of France
Branch/service French Navy
Years of service 1675–1718
Awards Order of Saint Louis Chevalier

Antoine de La Mothe Cadillac was born on March 5, 1658 and died on October 16, 1730. He was a French explorer and adventurer in New France, now an area of North America stretching from Eastern Canada in the north to Louisiana in the south. In 1701, he founded Detroit, which he helped develop until 1710. Between 1710 and 1716 he was the governor of Louisiana, although he did not arrive in that territory until 1713.

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