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MICHIGAN CHAPTER 13

Progress of the Colony Under the Improved Conditions

In spite of the studied restrictions upon the acquirement of lands for settlement, many of the traders who came west immediately after the English occupation of Detroit remained as permanent settlers. Many of these were of Scottish birth or origin. They were of a frugal, careful disposition and possessed those traits of courtesy and kindness to inferiors which lead to personal popularity. They soon made friends with the Indians, for the same reasons which cemented the tie of friendship between the French and Indians—a suavity and polite-ness and consideration for the feelings of others. For the same reasons they enjoyed the intimate friendship of the French residents. They were much more careful than the English had ever been to avoid giving offence to others, regardless of all social distinctions. Of the new comers the Scottish merchants outnumbered all the rest and there were among them representatives and subsequent inheritors of the best houses in Scotland. Angus Macintosh of Detroit inherited the estates which belonged to the old earldom of Moy. These old merchants formed an important element in the population which raised perceptibly the general standard. It is a rather curious illustration of the proverbially narrow* English view that to encourage the building up of the new colony would injure the commercial interests of the home country. Those astute Lords of Trade argued that if the settlers became manufacturers the English tradesmen would find their market narrowed.

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