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Michigan State

Education

Our distinctive meaning may be more clearly elucidated by historical references, as, for instance:
Away backward in the past, in fact over two centuries ago, the outline boundaries of our Peninsular State were laboriously traced by the adventurous Pere Marquette. The task was accomplished by means of a canoe transit in the adjacent waters. The beautiful region, then in its wilderness state, was sparsely occupied by its aboriginal denizens. Those nomadic tribes of red men had, from time immemorial, traversed the up land plains and openings, with the timber glades and tangled dells, lavine: however, only slight memorials of such primal occupation. Having neither settled pursuits nor fixed abodes, and being wholly destitute of culture in art or science, they made no useful contribution to the capital stock of human knowledge. Living a vagrant life, whilst subsisting upon fish or game, they had no incentive to effort in the field of invention, discovery, or improvement. They failed to either exhibit or develop the wonderful capabilities of man's duplex nature. Hence they were not pioneers within our modern purview of the term.

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