This part of Missouri's first white settlers were French-Canadians, with the first of those people to this area likely being fur trappers and traders. The town is named for one such person, Jean Baptiste de Girardot, who established a trading post in the area in the 1730s. Louis Lorimer, another French-Canadian, is recognized as the first official white settler of the Cape Giradeau area. Lorimer founded the community in January of 1793, which is prior to Missouri's statehood. After these early days, the city experienced several important historical events, including the Battle of Cape Giradeau in 1863 during the Civil War.
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Though it can get pretty cold in this part of the country, Missouri's summers can be similarly extreme, meaning kids on summer vacation will want a place to cool off. It is lucky for residents of Cape Giradeau that the city's impressive parks system includes a waterpark open seasonally. Cape Splash includes multiple possibilities for activities, including water slides, a splash pad, a water playground, and a lazy river. It is also possible to host parties and special events at this park, making it an ideal location for summer birthdays.