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French in Michigan

French Settlements

It is probable they had such establishments here and there as temporary trading posts, and there are some reasons for supposing they had such resorts very early indeed on the island of Mackinaw, and on Detroit river; but, whatever these may have been, they never took any permanent form, and were probably no more than temporary encampments. The chief significance of these earlier matters is found in the evident fact that the posts afterwards established were all located with a knowledge of localities and surroundings that could not have been obtained from any cursory examination, or from any information derived by the founders from investigations made at the time. The places chosen were manifestly chosen because their merits were already understood. The first French traveler of note supposed to have visited Michigan, was Champlain. This cannot certainly be determined from his journals. Like some other old writers, he has been annotated by editors who have undertaken to fix the location of points which he mentions, according to their own geographical theories, when a different route would seem quite reconcilable with the same descriptions.

Early Michigan


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