Landing of Cadillac Stamp

US Postage Stamps: 1951

Landing of Cadillac: 250th Anniversary Stamp

This stamp was issued on July 24, 1951 in Detroit, MI, the location of Cadillac's Landing in 1701. The design shows both the Detroit area's wilderness in 1701 and the city of 1951.

In 1701, Antonine de la Mothe Cadillac, an officer in the French Military, landed at what would one day become Detroit.  This stamp commemorates the 250th anniversary of this event.  He founded Fort Pontchartrain du Detroit, the first settlement in the region.  France encouraged the settlement of this area by offering settlers free land if they emigrated.  This program was successful and over the next fifty years, Fort Pontchartrain du Detroit had become the largest city between Montreal and New Orleans.  Although impressive at the time, it would still be considered a small town today with a total population of only around 800 people.  In 1760 the British took over the city and shortened the name to just Detroit.  In 1796, a few years after the American Revolution, Detroit became part of the United States.

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