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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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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.

The Great Book of Michigan: The Crazy History of Michigan with Amazing Random Facts & Trivia (A Trivia Nerds Guide to the History of the United States)

By Bill O'Neill

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What do you know about the Great Lakes State? There’s so much to learn about Michigan that even those who have lived in the state for years don’t know! In this trivia book, you’ll learn about the state’s history, pop culture, inventions and so much more!   

In The Great Book of Michigan, you’ll find the answers to the following questions:

  • How did Michigan get its name? 
  • Why is it known as the “Great Lakes State”?
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  • Which famous twins were from the state?
  • Which NBA legend had a hard time growing up in Michigan?
  • Which sport originated from the Great Lakes State?
  • Which city is believed to be cursed by a monster?
  • What are some of the most haunted spots in Michigan?

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This book is filled with facts about Michigan! Some of the facts will be shocking. Others may be sad. Some will give you chills. But the one thing they all have in common is that they’re all interesting!

Whether you think you already know all about Michigan or you don’t know anything about the Great Lakes State, you’re bound to learn something new. You’ll even impress your friends at your next trivia night!  

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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

Michigan: A Bicentennial History (States and the Nation)

By Bruce Catton

W. W. Norton & Company
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The late Pulitzer-Prize-winning historian Bruce Catton is known to millions of readers for his absorbing works on the Civil War. In this book, he turns to his native Michigan to tell a story of what happened when a primitive wilderness changed into a bustling industrial center so fast that it was as if the old French explorer Etienne Brule "should step up to shake hands with Henry Ford."

The idea that abundance was "inexhaustible--that fatal Michigan word," as the author calls it--dominated thinking about the state from the days when Commandant Cadillac's soldiers arrived at Detroit until his name became a brand of car. Viewed in this light, Michigan is a case study of all America, and Americans in any state will be fascinated. In a colorful, dramatic past, Mr. Catton finds understanding of where we are in the present and what the future will make us face. 

Michigan: A History of the Wolverine State

By Willis F. Dunbar

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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.

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.

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

By Linda S. Godfrey

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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.

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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.

History of the Finns in Michigan (Great Lakes Books Series)

By Armas K E Holmio

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Michigan's Upper Peninsula was a major destination for Finns during the peak years of migration in the nineteenth century and the early decades of the twentieth century. Several Upper Peninsula communities had large Finnish populations and Finnish churches, lodges, cooperative stores, and temperance societies. Ishpeming and Hancock, especially, were important nationally as Finnish cultural centers.
Originally published in Finnish in 1967 by Armas K. E. Holmio, History of the Finns in Michigan, translated into English by Ellen M. Ryynanen, brings the story of the contribution of Finnish immigrants into the mainstream of Michigan history. Holmio combines firsthand experience and personal contact with the first generation of Finnish immigrants with research in Finnish-language sources to create an important and compelling story of an immigrant group and its role in the development of Michigan.

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

By Mikel B Classen

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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.

"It's clear that Mikel B. Classen knows and loves the Lake Superior area of Michigan and brings it to life in a delightful way. If you want frequent laughs, unusual characters who jump off the page, and the fruit of a highly creative mind, you've got to read this little book."
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Little Michigan: A Nostalgic Look at Michigan's Smallest Towns (Tiny Towns)

By Kathryn Houghton

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Michigan’s small towns have great stories.

Little Michigan presents 100 towns with populations under 600. From the state’s long mining history to its Civil War heritage, each community is charming and unique. With full-color photographs, fun facts, and fascinating details about every locale, it’s almost as if you’re walking down Main Street, waving hello to folks who know all of their neighbors.

Plus, these small towns have their share of surprises. Do you know which crime scene inspired the famous film Anatomy of a Murder or where you will find the infamous “Naughty Cow” statue―and how it got its nickname? The locations featured in this book range from quaint to historic, and they wonderfully represent the Great Lakes State. Little Michigan, written by lifelong resident Kathryn Houghton, is for anyone who grew up in a small town and for everyone who takes pride in being called a Michigander. They may be small towns, but they have huge character!



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