THE EARLY DAYS: Grosse Pointe, Michigan has a very rich history. Although Grosse Pointe would not resemble the city of today until the late 1800’s, the area’s recorded history dates back to the mid 1600’s. Prior to this time, early visitors to this area were Native Americans. The first white men to venture into the area were European missionaries and fur traders. In 1669, Frenchman Adrien Joliet and his Iroquois guide sailed into Lake St. Claire for the first time and gave the large lake its name because their discovery fell on the Feast Day of St. Claire of Assisi. Soon after, Montreal fur traders began using the lake for trapping and trading.