How Did Chicago Get Its Name?

How Did Chicago Get Its Name?

In this video we take a look at how the city of Chicago got its name.

Before Europeans came to the Chicago area, it was inhabited by several different Native American tribes like the Potawatomi & Miami – Illinois. Along the Chicago River, wild onions / leeks that smell like garlic grew in abundance. In the language of the Miami – Illinois, they are known as Shikaakwa.

When French explorers like Louis Joiliet, Jacques Marquette, René-Robert Cavelier, sieur de La Salle, and Henri Joutel were shown around by the American Indians who lived in the Windy City, they were allegedly told that the river was named after these smelly wild onions.

So seems like an open and shut case right?

Well, no. And that’s what we’ll discuss in the video.

Thanks for watching!



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