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French in Michigan

French Settlements

Her colonies were all dependent provinces, either governed by viceroys or by other despotic authorities, and the colonists had little if any advantage over their fellow-subjects in Spain. Their glory fluctuated with that of the mother country, and frightful abuses prevailed among them. When they became independent, about half a century ago, their governments, though popular in form, were for a long time no improvement on what preceded them, and even now they would not be deemed model republics. They have never paid that regard to private freedom and constitutional restraint which is necessary to prosperity. The despotism of numbers is quite as dangerous as that of single rulers. Despotism in some shape has never disappeared. The French adventurers preceded the English in effective work, although they were not far apart. At that time the French sailors were admirable mariners, and it is questionable whether, in spite of the great English captains of that day whose deeds have become famous, they did not on the whole surpass their island neighbors in the general quality of their seamanship.

Early Michigan


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