The area of La Pointe was first developed in the late 17th century as a French trading post. Michel Cadotte, a fur trader, founded the town as an American Fur Company outpost in the late 18th century. The Ojibwa tribe leader Chief Buffalo, Kechewaishke, was born in La Pointe. He is known for securing permanent reservations for the Ojibwa people near Lake Superior. Be sure to visit the Madeline Island Museum for a in depth look into the history of La Pointe.