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French in Michigan

French Settlements

It so happened that the important expeditions sent out by Governor Doryan under Roseboom and Major McGregory, to open trade with the northern Indians were intercepted and captured, the first on lake Huron by LaDurantage, and the second on lake Erie by the combined forces of Tonty, DuLuth and LaDurantage, which had made a junction at a post then existing for some purpose at or near the present city of Detroit, and gone down lake Erie in company. As France and England were then at peace, and James II. was on remarkably good terms with the French king, the captured prisoners were after a time compelled by the Crown to be unwillingly given up by the Canadian governor; but the steps he had taken were such as to deter any further attempts of the English for several years. All the subsequent efforts made by the latter were indirect and intriguing. Various claims were set up under pretence of cessions from the Iroquois, but they were unfounded and futile.

Early Michigan


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