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French in Michigan

French Settlements

of making no mention whatever of important places on their route, prevents us from knowing whether their silence on this matter has any significance concerning the occupation. The fort on the St. Joseph was afterwards moved about 20 leagues up the river, and was there in Charlevoix time, 1721.
The next Michigan post erected by authority was a second fort St. Joseph, established by DuLuth near the present Fort Gratiot, in 1686. The object of this was to intercept the emissaries of the English, who were anxious to open traffic with the Mackinaw and lake Superior nations. The Dutch, while in possession of New York, had secured a considerable clandestine trade, but do not appear to have left home to seek it. The English began to covet it as soon as they became settled in that province. The ravaging of the Huron country, in the Peninsula of Upper Canada, by the Iroquois, did not have the expected effect of giving the latter the control of the beaver traffic, which was the chief article of desire in New York.

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