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HISTORICAL ASSOCIATIONS CONNECTED WITH WYANDOTTE AND VICINITY

BY DR. E. P. CHRISTIAN

The banks of the Ecorse are low and marshy on both sides, preventing access, which is to be noted as having a bearing on a historical statement to be referred to. South of Wyandotte also to Trenton the Detroit river has a low marshy border, so that Wyandotte occupies the longest stretch of high bank free from marshy front, with easy access between Detroit and Trenton, I might perhaps say with truth, between Detroit and Gibraltar at the mouth of the Detroit river. Just above Ecorse the Detroit river "begins to widen out, and to be separated into different navigable channels by the archipelago, which here begins with Fighting island, dividing the Canadian from the American channels, and extending from a mile or more above Ecorse to opposite the southern part of Wyandotte. Grosse Isle extends north from below Trenton to a point opposite the southern part of Wyandotte, the latter, with some smaller islands, dividing the American channels. Between Trenton and Amherstburg, on the Canadian shore, lies not only Grosse Isle, with smaller islands below, but also Bois Blanc, directly opposite Amherstburg in Canadian waters.
So, then, the high banks at Wyandotte alone of all the American shore below the Rouge, afforded a fine camping spot on the very shore, with easy, access to the river for drinking water, for fishing, for lading and unlading canoes and starting on expeditions; for the Indians of the lakes were canoe Indians, and performed their traveling for hunting, for barter or for war, on the water. The river, the lakes and the tributary streams were their highways; and what was a still greater advantage of the locality, as will be observed by its physical geography, as described, it offered the only spot below the Rouge for readily crossing to or from the Canadian shore, without wide detour around the islands.

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