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Michigan CHAPTER 10

Effect Upon the Indians of the Lake Region

A detachment was sent to bring in the garrisons from forts Miami near the mouth of the Maumee, and Gatanois, on the Wabash, still farther south, and to occupy those small stockades. Rogers himself leaving Captain Campbell in charge at Detroit, set out by lake for Michilimackinac to take possession of that post. The season was so late and Lake Huron so rough and filled with ice that he was obliged to return. He contemplated an overland journey, but the Indians convinced him that this was impracticable without snow shoes. He was, therefore, forced to abandon until spring the occupancy of the forts at Michilimackinac and Sault Ste Marie. At the end of the year he departed for Pittsburgh. The posts at St. Joseph, near th'e mouth of St. Joseph river, at Green bay, as well as those above named, remained in the hands of the French through the winter. Early in the following year a detachment of Royal Americans took possession of them, and so disappeared from Michigan soil the last trace of French domination.
Though the military and civil control of the country had changed hands there was very little on the surface to indicate the fact. The French subjects for the most part took the oath of allegiance and remained at their homes. They continued to be good, pious Roman Catholics, of free and easy going habits, cultivated their farms, married and reared large families, died and slept peacefully with their fathers in St. Ann's churchyard. The English had now the fur trade in their own hands, but they employed the French agents. To save possible friction with the Indians and allay their suspicion of the designs of the English, King George issued a proclamation prohibiting the English governors from issuing grants of lands, except within certain prescribed limits. The English subjects were also forbidden to make purchases of the Indians, or settlements, without those bounds.

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