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French in Michigan

French Settlements

It was chiefly to prevent any further mischief and to secure more effectually the French supremacy, that LaMotte Cadillac, who had great influence over the savages, succeeded, after various plans urged by him had been shelved by hostile colonial intrigues, in getting permission from Count Pontchartrain to begin a settlement in Detroit; his purpose was from the beginning to make not only a military post, but also a civil establishment for trade and agriculture. He was more or less thwarted and opposed by the monopolists and by the Mackinaw missionaries, and was subjected to severe persecutions. He finally triumphed and obtained valuable privileges and the right of a seigneury. Craftsmen of all kinds were induced to settle in the town, and trade flourished. He succeeded in getting the Hurons and many of the Ottawas to leave Mackinaw and settle about Fort Pontchartrain.

Early Michigan


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