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MICHIGAN CHAPTER 13

Progress of the Colony Under the Improved Conditions

In the meantime Michilimackinac had been re-established. Major Robert Rogers had been placed in command and it was not long thereafter that rumors were current that he was intriguing to gain influence with the Indians for some ulterior purpose. France had parted with her possessions in Louisiana to Spain and there was said to be a plan on foot to encourage Spain to assume the rights of the former nation in the region of the upper lakes. Rogers had made lavish presents to the Indians and had spent large sums which were raised by means of over-drafts, and which were afterward dishonored, resulting in great financial embarrassment and loss. Charges were preferred against Rogers based on these transactions and also on the report that he was negotiating for the surrender of his post to the Spaniards. He was arrested and taken to Montreal in irons where he was tried by court martial. He escaped punishment through some technicality and left the country, taking service with the Dey of Algires. It appeared through some intercepted correspondence from the hand of one Colonel Hopkins, who had formerly been stationed at Detroit, that the latter had urged and encouraged the plans of Rogers. Hopkins, through some troubles with the British officers, had taken up the cause of the American colonists who were planning independence and he urges Rogers to espouse this enterprise and turn his influence in his locality in this direction. Nothing actually came of it; it is simply evidence of the state of feeling throughout the country at the time. Hopkins' professions of interest in the American cause were suspected of not being entirely sincere. He was not able to gain the recognition he desired, and so he cast in his lot with the British and was given a commission as colonel.

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