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HISTORICAL ASSOCIATIONS CONNECTED WITH WYANDOTTE AND VICINITY

BY DR. E. P. CHRISTIAN

It must be remembered that the settlement at Detroit was not made till 1701, many years after the settlements above at Michilimackinac, Sault Ste. Marie and points on Lake Superior, which points had been reached and with which communication was kept up from Montreal by a short route by way of the Ottawa river, a traverse to Georgian bay and thence by canoe again to these points, and that after the settlement at Detroit and the establishment of Fort Pontchartrain, under M. La Motte Cadillac, jealousies arose on the part of the upper settlements, established for trade only and deprived of the same agricultural advantages of the lower settlement, by reason of high latitude, long winters, rocky land, etc., especially unsuitable for raising maize and fruits and by reason of the inducements offered the natives for settling at Detroit and bringing their trade hither.
This jealousy very likely colored the report of M. D'Aigremont, and dictated its disparaging character; nevertheless the description of the soil and the trees, standing with their roots in the water could hardly apply to the high bluff on which Detroit was located, while it did describe very clearly much of that below the Rouge where probably the farms were located, the observation of which led to the description; and whoever for instance may have observed the orchard on Judge Emmons' farm on the borders of the Ecorse, especially in the spring of the year or in times of high water, would have recognized the accuracy of the description of the roots of the trees having an appearance at least of standing in the water, and yet no better fruit is raised than in that same orchard and in others in like soil and situation.

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