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Michigan Chapter Six

Cadillac as Feudal Lord

Celoronwas again placed in command there and through his able support supplies and reinforcements of both whites and Indians had much to do with the holding of Fort Duquesne against the English attacks. In 1753 he was relieved of his command at Detroit and was appointed major of Montreal. In 1755 he was in command of Canadian militia which served with Baron Dieskau in his attack upon the English at Lake George. He died at Montreal in 1759. One of the islands in Detroit river bears his name. It was during the term of his incumbency at Detroit that a concerted effort was made to increase the population of the place by inducing immigration. Quite a number of families were thus brought to the town, but there was a woful scarcity of women.
When Celoron retired in 1743 he was succeeded by Paul Joseph Le Moyne, Chevalier de Longueuil. He was one of the celebrated Le Moyne family and was born in 1701. He came to Detroit in 1743 and remained in command until 1748, when he became second in command, probably to Celoron, who was returned on account of the importance of the post in those troublous times and the confidence which the government had in his ability. It seems likely that upon his retirement the post fell to Jacques Pierre Daneau, Sieur de Muy, who was transferred thither from St. Joseph where he had been in command for some time. He was something of a student and naturalist and published in Paris the results of his observations upon the plants found in this part of the country. The exact period of his command at Detroit is uncertain, but the records of St. Ann's church mention his death and interment here 1758. His immediate successor was Jean Baptiste Henry Beranger, who had been second in command and who temporarily succeeded his chief.

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