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French in Michigan

French Settlements

And it is greatly to their credit that nothing can be found in history so honorable in the mutual confidence and esteem between Indians and white men, as the relations of these brave and spirited chieftains with the tribes among which they moved. In spite of the desire which most of them no doubt felt of bettering their fortunes as quickly as possible, they retained the respect of the Indians by frankness and courtesy, and by the evidence they gave that personal greed seldom if ever destroyed their patriotism or their pride of character. Men lost no favor among these people by shrewdness in trading, if they did not forfeit their esteem in some other way. The way was readily opened for them wherever they chose to go, and it is very well known that the chief expeditions for exploring purposes were suggested by the reports of the advances of these wandering pioneers, of whom DuLuth is an illustrious example, who had either seen or heard of the remote regions and waters through which with the same persistent faith which first led Columbus westward,

Early Michigan


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