History of Chicago

Chicago as we know it is one of the renowned cities of the USA. A lot of us would pull ourselves to contemplate the thought of how everything came into being as far as countries, states, and places. Chicago is found in the state of Illinois and contains a vast history, which dates back to the origin, the periods of settlement, its transformation into a transportation center, and the development of commerce to this day.

Where did the word Chicago’ come from?

If you could just think for a moment, you’ll be amazed and intrigued to find out that the word Chicago is nowhere sensible like other cities such as New York, Saint Louis etc. The word Chicago was derived from the word “Chikaakwa”. This is the name of a wild garlic for which the place was known for. The first ever mention of this location can be traced back to the late 17th century where the place was referred to as “Checagou”.
The original word changed its original sense to Checagou as the 17th century passed on. My buddy over at pressure washing Duluth Ga is a huge Chicago history buff. The area was full of green and beauty with the streams crossing through the land. The area was first captured by the French in the late 17th century.

18th Century:

The 18th century brought a lot of changes in the land of what was then Chicago. Battles were fought and power was contested to seize the land between the outsiders and the native people. The end of the 18th century came to the conclusion of Greenville Treaty. This treaty involved a boundary which separated the land of the natives and of the settlers which didn’t stay for long as the settlers kept intruding the land.

19th Century:

The history of this century is known to cite various changes in the land. The land would be developed in various stages as its map was drawn in 1830. The land would be proclaimed as a town in 1833 and 4 years later, the town would advance into a city. With all these changes being made, the city of Chicago was also hit by Cholera in 1832, 49-55, and for eleven years from 66-77.
One of the most important aspects of the city in the 19th century was its development into an urban city of its time. Due to its streams and rivers, the city would be used for transportation of heavy goods and many other things.

20th Century:

The 20th century witnessed bigger changes in the city of the Chicago. Some of these changes included the first American Nobel prize winner Albert Michelson hailed from Chicago in 1907. A lot of constructions and sports event occurred in the first 3 decades of the 20th century. The city of Chicago witnessed one of the most gruesome events in its history, which is now known as St Valentine’s day massacre. The city didn’t just progress from the architectural point of view, but a lot happened in the field of sports.

A lot of others happened in the later half of the 20th century which included the civil rights movement led by Martin Luther King in 1966, Jr, which influenced the mayorship of the first ever African-American Harold Washington in 1983.

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