Michilimackinac and Pontiac’s Rebellion

The Fort and the Bridge, photo by Joel Dinda Mackinac State Historic Parks page on Colonial Michilimackinac says that: French soldiers constructed the fortified community of Michilimackinac on the south side of the Straits of Mackinac in 1715. The community grew and prospered over the coming years as Michilimackinac became an important center of the … Continue reading Michilimackinac and Pontiac’s Rebellion

Fort Michilimackinac and Pontiac’s Rebellion

Fort Michilamackinac, photo by Mark Swanson The State of Michigan’s page on Fort Michilimackinac says: Fort Michilimackinac was built by the French on the south shore of the Straits of Mackinac in approximately 1715. Previously, French presence in the Straits area was focused in what is now St. Ignace where Father Marquette established a Jesuit … Continue reading Fort Michilimackinac and Pontiac’s Rebellion

The Deadliest Game: Fort Michilimackinac Massacre of 1763

British Troops at Fort Michilimackinac, photo by Robert F Carter This year marks the 250th anniversary of the most dramatic event at Fort Michilimackinac. On June 2, 1763 the fort was captured by Ojibwa & Sauk warriors, who gathered under the guise of playing a huge game of baggatiway. Elizabeth Edwards of Traverse Magazine has … Continue reading The Deadliest Game: Fort Michilimackinac Massacre of 1763

Happy 320th Birthday Detroit!

the lamp post by kare hav 320 years ago tomorrow on July 24, 1701, Antoine de la Mothe, Sieur de Cadillac realized the success of his plan with mentor and Governor General of New France, Louis de Buade, Comte de Frontenac, to found a new settlement at the south of Lake Huron to increase the … Continue reading Happy 320th Birthday Detroit!

Looking Over Charlevoix

Charlevoix, Michigan by Laurent Fady Visit Charlevoix says that the Charlevoix area was part of what was called Michilimackinac formed in the Treaty of Washington in 1836: French explorer Pierre François Xavier de Charlevoix is said to have stayed on nearby Fisherman Island and the area was named after him in 1836. …Exclusive hotels, the … Continue reading Looking Over Charlevoix

July 16, 1812: The Attack on Fort Mackinac

Fort Mackinac (circa 1897-1924) by Detroit Publishing Co The Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University remembers that on July 16, 1812, British forces moved on Fort Mackinac: British General Brock of the Michigan Command ordered Captain Roberts, on St. Joseph Island, to attack the American Fort on Mackinac Island. That morning Captain Roberts embarked … Continue reading July 16, 1812: The Attack on Fort Mackinac

Bridge with a view

Mackinac Bridge from Michilimackinac State Park, photo by Todd Marsee, Michigan Sea Grant Todd took this a couple of weeks ago from Michilimackinac State Park in Mackinac City. One thing that continually strikes me about Michigan is how easy it is to find space to enjoy our scenic beauty in relative isolation. What’s your favorite spot for quiet contemplation of … Continue reading Bridge with a view

Today in Spoiler Alerts: July 3, 1776

Untitled, photo by Marvin Graves I hope everyone has a great Independence Day weekend … though I suspect the Redcoats won’t. View Marvin’s photo bigger and see more in his really great Fort Michilimackinac 2009 slideshow. PS: If you ever get a chance to visit Colonial Michilimackinac in Mackinaw City, I heartily recommend it. Definitely one of … Continue reading Today in Spoiler Alerts: July 3, 1776

Fort Mackinac

Fort Mackinac, Mackinac Island, MI, photo by Wrong Main Every once and a while I come across something about Michigan that I can’t believe I haven’t featured. Here’s the latest… Wikipedia’s comprehensive entry on Fort Mackinac explains that the first fort on the Straits of Mackinac was Fort Du Buade. Built by the French around … Continue reading Fort Mackinac

McGulpin Point Lighthouse on the Straits of Mackinac

McGulpin Point lighthouse circa 1900, courtesy Emmet County Davenport collection/Terry Pepper Terry Pepper’s Seeing the Light says that McGulpin Point Lighthouse entry tells the story of this point at the tip of Michigan’s mitten from circa 1000 BC when the great Odawa war chief Sagemaw more or less wiped out the Mus-co-desh tribe for an insult to the Odawa to … Continue reading McGulpin Point Lighthouse on the Straits of Mackinac