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MICHIGAN CHAPTER 17

Close of the Revolution and Surrender of Michigan to the United States

When the news of Jay's treaty came some of the natives were shrewd enough to see th&t with a definite date set for the surrender of the country there was small prospect of annulling a solemn treaty made and confirmed by the governments of the United States and Great Britain, and they were ready to agree to a permanent peace. Then followed the treaty of Greenville and the end of hostilities.
The ratifications of Jay's treaty having been exchanged, a messenger was at once despatched to Lord Dorchester at Quebec with a demand that its provisions be carried into effect. This time there was no hesitancy in acceding to the demand. The necessary orders for the evacuation of the western posts were issued, and upon the return to Philadelphia of the messenger they were at once put into the hands of General Wayne. They were duly forwarded by him to Lieutenant-Colonel John Francis Hamtramek at Fort Miami to be carried into effect. He despatched Captain Moses Porter with sixty-five men fully armed and equipped to take possession of Detroit. The detachment arrived on the nth of July, 1796, and on that day Colonel Richard England, then in command of the garrison, lowered the British colors from the flagstaff of Fort Lernoult, and Captain Porter ran up the stars and stripes. Thus, after long and vexatious delays, the sovereignty of the United States was established over Michigan. Colonel Hamtramek with his entire command arrived at Detroit two days later and assumed military authority over the post and the town. General Wayne himself came in a few weeks with the powers of a civil commissioner as well as those of a military commander, and remained throughout the summer, busied in setting into operation the governmental machinery. A small detachment was sent to Michilimackinac and in August of the same year the British flag gave place to that of the United States over that fortification. So, for the first time it can be said that Michigan had ceased to be a British province and had attained the dignity of allegiance to the United States.

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