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Michigan State

Education

But whilst the onward march of civilization was thus arrested and held in abeyance in our peninsular region, other causes began to operate in a manner calculated to accelerate its westward movement. The war of 1812-14, with its novel border incidents, brought our forest land before the American people in a new attitude, and with far more inviting aspect. Numbers of intelligent and enterprising men, attracted to our borders, speedily formed a business nucleus at Detroit. Thenceforward the territorial government assumed a more stable form, whilst social order and civil rule were alike moulded upon a more enlightened basis. The Indian title to large portions of the lower peninsula was being rapidly extinguished by treaties. In the year 1819, General Cass thus secured a cession of the lands embraced in the Saginaw basin. The surveys of the ceded lands were vigorously pressed towards completion, between 1833 and 1837 large tracts of those lands were offered at public sales in several district land offices. During the same period the controversy touching the boundary line between Ohio and Michigan was ad- justed through the intervention of congress by annexing the upper to to the lower peninsula for all municipal and state purposes.

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