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Michigan History


Before the arrival of Europeans, the area that is today the state of Michigan was inhabited by various Native American peoples including the Ottawa, the Anishnabe (also known as the "Chippewa"), the Potawatomi, the Mascouten, the Miami and the Wyandot (also known "Huron").

The first Europeans to arrive in the area where French explorers in the 17th century. A number of French settlers were established during this period including Sault Sainte-Marie (1668), Saint-Ignace (1671) and Marquette (1675). In 1701, Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac founded Le Fort Ponchartrain du Detroit (now simply called Detroit, which quickly became an important fur-trading and shipping post.

The area remained under French control (as part of Royal Province of New France) until 1763. The Treaty of Paris concluding the Seven Years' War (generally known in the US as the "French and Indian War"), resulted in control of the area passing to Britain.

During the American Revolution (1775 to 1783),was an important British supply center. At the conclusion of the war, the boundaries were not clearly defined, and the British remained in control of Detroit and Michigan until 1796 (following the Jay Treaty of 1794). Even, then, the boundaries were not finally settled until 1847.

The population of the area continued to grow, and by the 1830s, Michigan had a large enough population to apply for statehood. Admission to the Union was delayed because of a boundary dispute with Ohio which came to be known as the "Toledo War" (both sides deployed their militia, but there was no actual fighting). Michigan was eventually admitted to the Union as the 26th state on January 26th 1837.

At the beginning of the 20th century, the state became a leading center of automobile manufacturing with the establishments of plants in Detroit and Grand Rapids. Since the 1970s, many automobile manufacturers have left the state, but new jobs have been created other newer industries such as biotechnology.


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Michigan: A History of the Great Lakes State

Wiley-Blackwell
Released: 2014-02-10
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The fifth edition of Michigan: A History of the Great Lakes State presents an update of the best college-level survey of Michigan history, covering the pre-Columbian period to the present.

  • Represents the best-selling survey history of Michigan
  • Includes updates and enhancements reflecting the latest historic scholarship, along with the new chapter ‘Reinventing Michigan’
  • Expanded coverage includes the socio-economic impact of tribal casino gaming on Michigan’s Native American population; environmental, agricultural, and educational issues; recent developments in the Jimmy Hoffa mystery, and collegiate and professional sports
  • Delivered in an accessible narrative style that is entertaining as well as informative, with ample illustrations, photos, and maps
  • Now available in digital formats as well as print

It Happened in Michigan: Remarkable Events That Shaped History, First Edition (It Happened In Series)

By Colleen Burcar

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Released: 2011-01-11
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This book offers an inside look at over 25 interesting and unusual episodes that shaped the history of the Great Lakes State.

The Great Water: A Documentary History of Michigan

Michigan State University Press
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Michigan’s location among the Great Lakes has positioned it at the crossroads of many worlds. Its first hunters arrived ten thousand years ago, its first farmers arrived about six thousand years after that, and three hundred years ago the French expanded into the territory. This book is a small sample of the words of Michigan’s people—a collection of stories, letters, diary entries, news reports, and other documents—that give personal insights into important aspects of Michigan’s history. Designed to provoke thought and discussion about Michigan’s past, the documents in this reader are expressions of past ideas, markers of change, and windows into the lives of the people who lived during well-known events in Michigan history.

Michigan: A History of the Wolverine State

By Willis F. Dunbar

Brand: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
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This standard textbook on Michigan history covers the entire scope of the Wolverine State's historical record. This third revised edition incorporates events since 1980 and draws on new studies to expand and improve its coverage of various ethnic groups, recent political developments, labor and business, and many other topics.

Weird Michigan: Your Travel Guide to Michigan's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets

By Linda S. Godfrey

Godfrey, Linda S./ Sceurman, Mark (EDT)/ Moran, Mark (EDT)
Released: 2006-07-25
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Weird Michigan: Your Travel Guide to Michigan s Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets
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Is it weird that the Wolverine State may never have had any wolverines in it? We think so, and that suits us fine. The weirder the better, we say, and Michigan falls perfectly into that category. Oh, sure, big-time heroes like Charles Lindbergh and Madonna hail from here, and so does President Gerald Ford, but do they compare to superhero Captain Jackson, who strolls around town in a purple cape doing good deeds? Well, yes, maybe they do, but the captain, in our opinion, is more representative of our fine state. Because, let's face it, Michigan has a great big quantity of . . . weirdness. That's how we were able to entice best-selling author Linda Godfrey to swim over from Wisconsin, grab a notebook, and track down all kinds of serious weirdness for you, Motown flowing through her headphones the whole time.

Just turn the pages and see what she found. Read about the guru of toilet paper, the Devil's Soup Bowl, a bottle house and a bottle tower, our own Bigfoot, a pickle barrel house, the world's fastest cow, a fire breather and an eyeball smoker, the Outhouse Classic, UFOs of every size and shape, crop circles, and brown goo. Just don't, no matter how tired you are, even think about sitting in the Witch's Chair.

It's a great state. Especially since we have lots of lake monsters and all our residents live no more than six miles from an inland lake—at least that's what our state's official Web site says. But Linda will take you way beyond what the governor's office will tell you—to say nothing of what your history teacher left out of the lesson plans. We think you'll agree that Weird Michigan, a brand-new entry in the best-selling Weird U.S. series, is a trip no self-respecting Michigander (or Michiganian, if you prefer—and that's pretty odd, don't you think?) would ever want to miss.

Rethinking Michigan Indian History

By Patrick Russell LeBeau

Brand: Michigan State University Press
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Rethinking Michigan Indian History is a teaching tool that honors the Chippewa, Ottawa, and Potawatomi and the twelve federally recognized tribes of Michigan by recognizing their role and place in Michigan history―exploring what most people know (or do not know) about them.
     Each lesson includes a background narrative, a set of hands-on activities, and provides easily understood and visual resources. Rethinking Michigan Indian History explores large issues of Indian stereotypes, the narrow focus on “great” Indian men, the lack of knowledge of treaties and treaty rights, and the role of maps to mislead or distort thinking about how history unfolds and the complexities of land ownership.
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     Demonstrating further how popular influences can control knowledge, the lesson on “great” Indian men shows that the popular preference for biographies of famous Indian warriors (Pontiac or Tecumseh) or individual women (Pocahontas or Sacagawea) narrows an understanding of Indians to symbolic representations and issues by ignoring their ongoing culture.
     The lesson on Indian treaties and maps explains and visually shows the reason the Chippewa, Ottawa, and Potawatomi lived in Michigan in 1760 and live in Michigan today in roughly the same places. Treaties are explored in a manner that is understandable to fourth graders through adults, by showing where Indians lived, the treaty boundaries, and tribal land holdings. This lesson also shows Indian cartography concepts and how maps may be made.
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Historic Tales of Michigan Up North (American Chronicles)

By D. Laurence Rogers

The History Press
Released: 2018-06-25
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Centuries ago, Europeans desperate for gold and a route to the East found a lush, green paradise populated by native tribes in the New World. Despite a clash of cultures, cooperation created the fur trade that dominated early Michigan history. Subsequent violence and disease all but wiped out the native population. Later, intrepid residents crossed the frozen Straits of Mackinac on foot and then built the famous Mackinac Bridge. The land nurtured Charlton Heston and Ernest Hemingway in their youths and spawned the assassin of President William McKinley. Northern Michigan also bore witness to the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald, one of the worst shipwrecks in Great Lakes history, and to the bizarre kidnapping of Gayle Cook, an ill-fated attempt to save the Perry Hotel in Petoskey from bankruptcy. Author and storyteller Dave Rogers recounts these and other historical tales from Up North.

Michigan: A History of Explorers, Entrepreneurs, and Everyday People

By Roger L. Rosentreter

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The history of Michigan is a fascinating story of breathtaking geography enriched by an abundant water supply, of bold fur traders and missionaries who developed settlements that grew into major cities, of ingenious entrepreneurs who established thriving industries, and of celebrated cultural icons like the Motown sound. It is also the story of the exploitation of Native Americans, racial discord that resulted in a devastating riot, and ongoing tensions between employers and unions. Michigan: A History of Explorers, Entrepreneurs, and Everyday People recounts this colorful past and the significant role the state has played in shaping the United States. Well-researched and engagingly written, the book spans from Michigan’s geologic formation to important 21st-century developments in a concise but detailed chronicle that will appeal to general readers, scholars, and students interested in Michigan’s past, present, and future.

Lake Superior Tales: Stories of Humor and Adventure in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, 2nd Edition

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Modern History Press
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Lake Superior Tales: Stories of Humor and Adventure in Michigan s Upper Peninsula, 2nd Edition
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Join us for epic adventures in the U.P. on land and lakes!

Pirates, thieves, shipwrecks, sexy women, lost gold, and adventures on the Lake Superior frontier await you! In this book, you'll sail on a ship full of gold, outwit deadly shapeshifters, battle frontier outlaws and even meet the mysterious agent that Andrew Jackson called "the meanest man" he ever knew. Packed with action, adventure, humor, and suspense, this book has something for every reader. Journey to the wilds of the Lake Superior shoreline through ten stories that span the 19th century through present day including "The Wreck of the Marie Jenny," "The Bigg Man," "Wolf Killer," and "Bullets Shine Silver in the Moonlight."

Mikel B. Classen is a longtime resident of Sault Sainte Marie in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. His intimacy of the region, the history and its culture gives this book a feel of authenticity that is rarely seen. As a writer, journalist, columnist, photographer, and editor with more than 30 years experience, his breadth of knowledge is unparalleled.

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Mining for Michigan: The History of Mining along the Great Lakes and the Upper Peninsula

By Charles River Editors

Charles River Editors
Released: 2018-03-24
Kindle Edition (58 pages)

Mining for Michigan: The History of Mining along the Great Lakes and the Upper Peninsula
 
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Copper mining is as ubiquitous to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan as the automobile industry is to the Lower. Centuries before the first white man set foot in the New World, local natives used rocks to pound copper free from the earth, shaping it into goods traded across the continent. It was not long before European settlers followed up on the natives’ work, and when industry came to Copper Country, mines sprung up, quickly dominating the economy and lives of the Upper Peninsula’s residents.

Copper was not the only mineral harvested from the earth. Iron mines spread out as well, becoming profitable if less known than their copper cousins. Even less well known but just as integral to the Peninsula’s history, gold and silver prospectors prowled the land, looking for metals whose value had started and ended empires.

Mining, especially copper mining, left a deep mark in the Upper Peninsula by affecting the region’s growth, landscape, culture, and economic structure. Where once a booming industry churned out tons of copper, feeding the nation’s need for the ever utilitarian metal, there now lay empty shafts and a few mines, still scraping metals from the earth. Though the heyday of mining in the state has long passed, its mark on the region, the state, and the nation itself remains, and it all started long before the first men of Europe set foot in the Americas.

Iron mining continues, though the industry is now a pale shadow of its former self. Though not as extensive or well known as copper mining, the iron mines also played an important role in the region, and they also supported much of the region’s silver and gold prospecting and mining. Though no great gold or silver mines came as a result of the exploring conducted by the many prospectors, the constant efforts to pull the precious metals from the region demonstrate the grit, determination, and sheer gumption of those who traveled north to stake their claims and build new lives.

The miners and workers faced their hard times like many others, but, by and large, the history of the mines, as well as the companies that ran them and the miners who worked them, is one of technological progress and impressive output that proved a great boon to the region, the state, and the nation. Though the mining companies faced their share of ups and downs, their story is largely one of success, even if it offers little comfort to those living in the shadows of the companies’ remains.

Mining for Michigan: The History of Mining along the Great Lakes and the Upper Peninsula examines the effects of the mining in the region and the results. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about mining in the area like never before.


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