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French in Michigan

French Settlements

The Indian market was good for all sorts of trinkets and implements. There were also excellent carpenters and masons. • It has been overlooked by most persons that the buildings of the early period were often not only well, but handsomely built, of the best material. In describing houses conveyed by deeds in the town of Detroit, they are sometimes described as built piece per piece, which may have been in the ordinary style of log houses, but which, in the better class were timber or block-houses of smooth finish. These were usually either of oak or cedar, the latter of which was brought from a distance. The Huron church at Sandwich was built of very large timbers of white cedar, which never decayed. The very ancient French houses near Detroit, of the better class, were very generally of cedar. But there was a saw-mill in the pine region, near lake Huron or St. Clair river, at a very early day; dates are not preserved; but the pinery was well known before 1742, and the mill and the lumber are mentioned in a public report of the resources of the post in 1749. During the Pontiac war, one of the first massacres was of Sir Robert Davis and some companions who had gone thither.

Early Michigan


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