Henri de Tonti

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Henri de Tonti (1650-1704) was a French explorer who has been credited with founding what is now known as Illinois in the United States.

From 1681 to 1683, he built Fort St. Louis on the Illinois River with LaSalle and brought settlers from Canada. By 1700, the colony was trading actively with the English in Carolina.


The New American Desk Encyclopedia, Penguin Group, 1989