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Michigan CHAPTER 10

Effect Upon the Indians of the Lake Region

These regulations, however, were not strictly observed, with the result that the Michigan land board subsequently had many conflicting and complicated claims to unravel. Settlements had been made by the French along the margin of streams and lakes, the farms having a frontage of narrow width on the water and extending back a considerable distance. This was the character of the French farms along the Detroit river, along the Raisin at Monroe, the Huron, or the Clinton, in Macomb County. When the clash of arms between the English and French was ended the country settled down to a peaceful condition of affairs, for the most part. The English showed no disposition to extend their colonies in the west. The French were left in possession, undisturbed by fresh importations of an alien race, with new notions and habits and new ways of doing things. They got along peaceably with the savages. The latter appeared to have a wholesome regard for the military strength of the English, and were not disposed to test it or to provoke it too far. We have already seen what was the conduct of Pontiac when the English approached this region over which he claimed native jurisdiction. Though he put on a smooth face and affected to be reconciled to the situation, there is reason to believe that it was very far from being satisfactory to him. He had strong regard for the French who had always treated him with marked deference and respect. His personal pride and egotism were strong characteristics. His former masters had recognized them. His new masters treated him with contemptuous indifference. So far as he was personally concerned this was, perhaps, a small matter. But it expressed a general attitude toward the savages. When the French were in control they showed great liberality, supplying the surrounding tribes with guns, ammunition, clothing and various supplies as gratuities.

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