DuSable arrived in New Orleans in 1765 whereupon, he learned the colony had become a Spanish possession. Having been injured on the voyage to New Orleans and having lost his identification papers, DuSable was almost enslaved. French Jesuit priests protected him until he received new identification papers and was healthy enough to travel. DuSable migrated north, up the Mississippi River, later settling in an area near present-day Peoria.
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