Haiti 450, C145
Haiti commemorated the man
who was the first non-native to build a house and live on the
site of what would become Chicago, Jean Baptiste Paul Dessables. It
would appear from the search I have done that his correct name was
Jean Baptiste Pointe Du Sable, who was commemorated on US 2249.
The spelling, Dessables, is a variant spelling known both in Haiti and
in Chicago, and is used by a descendant of Jean Baptiste. So, we have a
non-error with the last name. It does appear that Pointe is more
likely to be correct than Paul.
In addition, it has been pointed out that Daniel
Friedrich Sotzmann, the German cartographer who made the map, spelled
Mississippi, Mississippe, and moved the river west. He based
his map on one by Arrowsmith, so the supposed error may go back
further. The spelling of Mississippi was not fixed in the 18th
century; even the Mississippi territorial seal has a variant,
Missisippi. Furthermore, the map is from Germany. We have then an
error in the location of the Mississippi River, erroneously placed
further west than it should be.