Cape Girardeau was established about 1793

The town of Cape Girardeau was established about 1793, while Missouri was part of Spanish Upper Louisiana.

Founded and owned entirely by Frenchman Louis Lorimier, its name probably originates with a French ensign named Girardot, who was stationed at Kaskaskia in 1704. By 1804 only five French families remained; Americans comprised the vast majority of settlers.

The town made remarkable progress from 1900 to 1910 when its population nearly doubled, reaching 8,545 residents.

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