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HISTORICAL ASSOCIATIONS CONNECTED WITH WYANDOTTE AND VICINITY

BY DR. E. P. CHRISTIAN


WYANDOTTE An intelligent perception of the relative topography of a place, in other words, its physicial geography, is quite necessary for a comprehension of its history, —of the circumstances or causes which have led to its settlement, have influenced its growth, have determined its character as a commercial or manufacturing center, or have given it other characteristics, and have had a bearing on its general history, and these determining and influencing physical peculiarities may not pertain alone to the immediate locality, but to neighboring influences; to its physical environment.
A study of a history in this light may give a philosophical insight into causes of events appearing to have come about by blind chance or haphazard, by which they are shown to have been only natural sequences and results of natural surroundings and physical conformations. A variety of circumstances may act as determining causes in the selection of a particular locality for settlement, as facilities for defense, of food supply and opportunities of barter and facilities for carrying on special forms of manufacturing, mining, etc. Any extended consideration of this subject, though possibly it might be made of interest, would occupy too much of our space.
In the early history of our country many localities became the seat of first civilized settlement, and the germs of future cities and centers of trade and population by reason of their having been already the seat of settlement of the savages; and the Europeans were thus drawn there by opportunities of barter and facilities of procuring food, etc. But the fact of these localities having been already selected as the seats of Indian settlements did not happen by blind chance, but by some natural advantages of such localities.

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