a. de la mothe cadillac


[kad-l-ak; for 1 also French ka-dee-yak]
Antoine de la Mothe [ahn-twan duh la mawt] , 1657?–1730, French colonial governor in North America: founder of Detroit.
a city in NW Michigan.
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Cadillac Automobile Company, established in 1902 by Detroit engine-maker Henry Martyn Leland and named for Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac (1658-1730), Fr. minor aristocrat and colonial governor who founded Detroit in 1701.
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