Michigan General History


Below are works about Michigan by historians, and other useful works.


Today in Michigan History

1959
Antes, E. D.Go to Book

For almost every day of the year there is a brief description of a Michigan historical event.

Do you Know — An Illustrated History of Michigan, in Questions and Answers, in Pictures, in Text

Grand Rapids: Booth 1937
Atwell, WillisGo to Book

The pictures and text collected here originated in 1935 as a daily “panel-and-text feature” centennial series by several Michigan newspapers published by Booth Newspapers Inc.

Report on the Michigan Forest Fires of 1881

Washington: U.S. War Dept 1882
Bailey, William O., SergeantGo to Book

The Michigan forest fires of late August and early September of 1881 swept through the four counties of Huron, Tuscola, Sanilac and Lapeer, killing 125 people and destroying nearly $2 million of property.

Michigan My Michigan

Grand Rapids: Board of Education 1949
Board of Education of Grand Rapids Go to Book

A history and geography of the state.

Facts and Figures about Michigan; A Handbook of the State …

Chicago: General Passenger Department, Michigan Central 1885
Bramhall, Frank J. Go to Book

Subtitle: “Statistical, Political, Financial, Economical, Commercial”

See gazetteers for Michigan at: Michigan Maps, Map Collections & Gazetteers

State institutions, economic statistics, elected and appointed officials, societies, associations, National Guard, banks, railroads, newspapers, elections, post offices

“Cadillac Papers”

Michigan Historical Collections Vol 33 (1903-4) pp. 36-715

Lansing: The Michigan Historical Society
Burton, Clarence, ed.Go to Article

The Cadillac papers that make up this volume were selected from those collected by Clarence M. Burton of Detroit into 24 volumes. They include papers of Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, military commandant at Michilimackinac and founder of Detroit, and also many other papers from Paris official records related to administration in Michigan during the French colonial era. The time period covered in this volume appears to range from about 1686 to 1723. The “Cadillac Papers” continue in Vol 34 of this journal. See the entry below.

For works on the Old Northwest under the French regime (until about 1760), see: Great Lakes General History

Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, sieur de Cadillac, Fort Michilimackinac, Fort Detroit, Detroit history 18th century, U.S. history

“Cadillac Papers”, “Cadillac’s Records”, “Montreal Papers”, “Detroit Rulers”

Michigan Historical Collections Vol 34 (1905) pp. 11-340

Lansing: The Michigan Historical Society
Burton, Clarence, ed.Go to Article

This volume is a sequel to volume 33, with a continuation of material from the Cadillac papers, relating to French rule of Detroit from its founding by Cadillac in 1701. The section called “Detroit Rulers” contains sketches of French commandants in the region from 1701-1760.

French regime in Michigan, French Detroit, French commandants, Detroit history, free online books

“Fort Pontchartrain du Detroit – 1701 to 1710 – under Cadillac”

Historical Collections Vol 29, 1901, 240-317

Lansing: Michigan Pioneer and Historical Society
Burton, Clarence MonroeGo to Article

An extensive historical article that begins in the latter part of the 17th century with political, diplomatic and economic events in French Canada and then covers the early years of Detroit. Two maps are included. Burton had previously published a biography of Cadillac and would later publish a five-volume history of Detroit (also available on this website), among many other works. In 1915 Burton donated to the Detroit Public Library his historical collection of 30,000 volumes, 40,000 pamphlets and 500,000 unpublished papers.

Rural Michigan

NY: Macmillan 1922
Chase, Lew Allen Go to Book

A volume in the “Rural State and Province Series”. The preface describes the book as a “general and free account of the past and present condition of Michigan agriculture and rural life”. Chapter headings are:

1. The Physical and Climatic Setting of Michigan
2. The Influence of Soils on the Settlement of Michigan
3. Other Resources of Michigan
4. The Occupation of the Land
5. Agricultural Industries, Plants and Crops of Michigan
6. Animal Industries of Michigan
7. Transportation and Marketing
8. Rural Manufactures of Michigan
9. Rural Living Conditions
10. Agricultural Societies
11. Educational Enterprises of Michigan
12. Governmental Work for Country Life
13. Development of Michigan Waste Lands
14. Status and Tendencies in Michigan Rural Life
Statistical Appendices

A Brief Survey of Theses in Michigan History

Detroit Historical Museum 1962
Chavis, John, comp.Go to Book


Michigan, Its History and Government

NY: Macmillan 1905
Cook, WebsterGo to Book


Michigan: A Guide to Study

Lansing: Michigan Department of Education 1967
Dunbar, Willis F.Go to Book

Willis F. Dunbar (1902-1970) was born in Hartford Michigan and, after earning his PhD from the University of Michigan, taught history at Kalamazoo College. From 1943 to 1951 he was in broadcasting in Kalamazoo, where he analyzed the news and presented radio shows about life in Michigan. From 1951 to 1967 he was a Professor at Western Michigan University, and was at one time President of the Michigan Historical Society. His book, Michigan: A History of the Wolverine State (below on this page), was the standard textbook on Michigan history and remained so for decades after his death, thanks to updates by George S. May.

Michigan: A History of the Wolverine State

Eerdmans 1995
Dunbar, Willis F. , May, George S. Go to Book

This is a much more recent history textbook than most of the public domain books on this site, and various editions of it were widely used in Michigan schools for decades. The first 15 of 30 chapters cover the pre-Civil War history of Michigan. There is a very good annotated bibliography of recommended works on Michigan history.

For numerous Michigan history articles, see Michigan Pioneer and Historical Collections and Michigan History Magazine at: Michigan History Periodicals: Magazines, Historical Journals & Newspapers

For historical fiction about Michigan, see: Michigan Novels and Historical Fiction

Michigan history, history book, annotated bibliography

Michigan General History

When Michigan was Young …

Grand Rapids: Eerdmans 1950
Fasquelle, Ethel RowanGo to Book

(title continued) ” … the story of its beginnings, early legends, and folklore”


My Michigan

Delaware: Gateway 1948
Ford, R. ClydeGo to Book

Readings in Michigan history. A periodical for kids; this volume contains 30 brief issues. Almost every issue profiles the early history of a Michigan city.

Economic and Social Beginnings of Michigan: A Study of the Settlement of the Lower Peninsula during the Territorial Period 1805-1837…

Lansing: Wynkoop Hallenbeck. 1916
Fuller, George N.Go to Book

(subtitle) “… A dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the University of Michigan”

This volume begins with background information for these topics for Michigan as a whole:

-Physical Conditions: geology, geography, rivers, lakes, soil, forests.
-Effects of the War of 1812 in Michigan.
-Relations with the Indians. Indian treaties, Black Hawk War.
-Selling and settling public lands, water transport, road-building.
-Extension of government; state, county and local.

The remainder of the book is presented in regional histories, with an emphasis on economic development:

-The Eastern Shore
-The First Inland Counties
-St. Joseph Valley and Chicago Road
-Kalamazoo Valley and Territorial Road
-The Saginaw Country
-The Grand River Region

For U.S. histories of this period, see this page: U.S. History; Constitutional Period to 1845

economic history, social history, Michigan history, lower Peninsula, Michigan Territory, War of 1812, Michigan regions, U.S. history online

Michigan: A Centennial History of the State and its People

Chicago: Lewis 1939
Fuller, George N., ed.Go to Vol 1|Go to Vol 2|Go to Vol 3|Go to Vol 4|Go to Vol 5

The first two volumes are devoted to the history of Michigan, while volumes 3-5 contain biographies.

Our Michigan Heritage

NY: Pageant 1955
Gillard, Kathleen IsabelGo to Book


“The New State Capitol”

Historical Collections Vol 31, 1902, 227-232

Lansing: Michigan Pioneer and Historical Society
Grosvenor, Ebenezer O.Go to Article

This is a short history of the construction of Michigan’s capitol building in the 1870s, including the actions of the State legislature to initiate it, construction costs, and a description of the facility. It was authored in 1878, immediately after the project was completed, by a representative of the construction contractor.

Dissertations and Theses in Michigan History

Lansing: Michigan History Division, Michigan Dept. of State 1974
Hathaway, Richard J., comp.Go to Book


History of Michigan

Lansing: Hammond 1906
Hemans, Lawton T.Go to Book

Lawton Thomas Hemans (1864-1916) was raised in Mason, Ingham Co. MI, and served for many years in the State legislature. He ran unsuccessfully for Governor twice as the Democratic nominee. Also see his book, Life and Times of Stevens Thomson Mason, the Boy Governor of Michigan, on the Biographies & Memoirs in Michigan History page of this website.

Chapter headings are:

-The Story of Michigan, Introductory
-First Century of French Occupation
-The Jesuit Pathfinders
-Attempts at Colonization
-The Settlement of Detroit
-English Occupation
-The Territory Lingers in British Control
-A Part of the Northwest Territory
-Territorial Tutelage
-The Passing of the Territory
-Statehood and its Trials
-A Period of Retrenchment
-Through Civil Strife to Peaceful Days
-A Half Century of Statehood Completed
-The Close of the Nineteenth Century
-Michigan Today

See also: Cyclopedia of Michigan: Historical and Biographical on Biographies & Memoirs in Michigan History

For historic maps of the Great Lakes region and states, see:
Great Lakes Maps, Atlases & Map Collections
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Ohio Maps, Atlases & Map Collections;
Indiana Maps, Map Collections & Gazetteers;
Illinois Maps, Map Collections & Gazetteers;
Michigan Maps, Map Collections & Gazetteers;
Wisconsin Maps, Map Collections & Gazetteers

18th century Michigan history, 19th century Michigan history, Northwest Territory, statehood, Jesuit missions, explorers, New France, British regime, online books

When Michigan was New

Chicago: Flanagan 1906
Hollands, Hulda T.Go to Book

The early history of Michigan, told through stories of selected events, and profiles of a few individuals.

Memorials of a Half-Century

NY: G.P. Putnam’s Sons 1887
Hubbard, BelaGo to Book

The author came to Springwells, MI, (near Detroit) as a youth in 1835. He lived in that area, which was rural until about 1880, for fifty years, becoming a very prominent citizen of Detroit. This volume is a collection of essays that he wrote over the years, for the Detroit Scientific Association, State and county pioneer societies, and various newspapers. Part and chapter headings are:

Part 1 – Scenery and Description
-Scenery of the Lakes
-Lake Superior in 1840
-A Michigan Geological Expedition in 1837

Part 2 – Historical and Antiquarian
-A Time of Universal Prosperity, and What came of it
-French Habitants of the Detroit
-The Naming of Lake Ste. Claire
-Indians in Michigan
-Policy of the Government towards the Indians
-The Mound-Builders in Michigan

Part 3 – Fauna and Flora
-Fish and Fishing
-Birds of my Neighborhood
-Four-footed Inhabitants
-Wild Animals of Michigan
-The Beaver
-Trees, Their relations to us, Economic and Scientific
-Trees, in their Social Relations

Part 4 – Climatology
-Climate of Detroit and the Lake Region
-Periodical Changes in the Lake Levels, Rainfall, Temperature and Sun-spots, and their relations to each other
-The Winter Season
-Spring-tide
-Our Summers
-Autumn Time
-The Ripening of the Year

Michigan geography, travel and description, French habitants, Mound-builders, Native Americans, flora and fauna, Michigan climate, books online

Michigan General History

Annals of Fort Mackinac

Chicago: Fergus 1882
Kelton, Dwight H.Go to Book

An unusual volume containing a wide variety of information about Fort Mackinac and the surrounding area. Some chapter and section titles are: “National Park – Island of Mackinac” (a legislative bill of 1873 and introductory speech); “Legend of Lover’s Leap”; “Historical Events”, including Father Marquette at the Sault, Joliet at Michilimackinac etc.; “Names formerly applied to some of the Western Lakes and Rivers” and “The American Fur Company”.

Also see the works on Mackinac and northern Michigan at: History of Michigan Cities, Counties & Regions

history of Fort Mackinac, Mackinac Island, Father Jacques Marquette, Michilimackinac, American Fur Company, fur trade, history book

“History of the Land Grants for Education in Michigan”

Historical Collections Vol 7, 1886, 17-35

Lansing: Michigan Pioneer and Historical Society
Knight, George W.Go to Article


History of Michigan, from its Earliest Colonization to the Present Time

NY: Harper. 1859
Lanman, James H.Go to Book

This volume was completed in 1841, and may have been the first published history of Michigan. Nine of its ten chapters are concerned with events before 1814.

“A minute narration of the early dealings of the whites with the aborigines of the territory, the Jesuit missions, and border wars, is given in the first ten chapters of the work”.
– Literature of American History; a bibliographical guide (1902)

Links to Museums & Historic Sites in the Michigan U.P.: Thinking of Visiting Northern Michigan?

17th century Michigan, 18th century Michigan, Michigan history online

The Story of Michigan

Lansing: Michigan School Service 1936
Larzelere, Claude SheldonGo to Book


Michigan Yesterday and Today

Hillsdale, MI: Hillsdale School Supply 1956
Lewis, Ferris E. Go to Book


Prize Essays Written by Pupils of Michigan Schools in the Local History Contest (Annual Bulletins)

Lansing: Michigan Historical Commission 1917-1922
Michigan Historical Commission, ed.Vol 1915-16|Vol 1916-17|Vol 1915-16|Vol 1919-20|Vol 1920-21

An annual prize essay contest for pupils in Michigan schools was arranged by the Michigan Daughters of the American Revolution and the Michigan Federation of Women’s Clubs. Four essays per year were normally selected for prizes, and were reprinted in this annual publication. Each year a single topic was assigned. First-place winners in each category received a framed portrait of Lewis Cass; 2nd place winners a portrait of Stevens Mason. Titles of essays in each volume were:

Bulletin No. 8: Prize Essays 1915-16
1. A History of the City of Three Rivers
2. The Settlement and Growth of Manistee
3. The History of Cadillac
4. The Settlement and Development of Traverse City

Bulletin No. 9: Prize Essays 1916-17
1. The First Schools in Bay City
2. The First School in Battle Creek and the Children Who Attended It
3. Benton Harbor’s First School and the Pupils Who Attended It
4. First School of This Vicinity and Children Who Attended It: Part 1 – The Village of Pere Marquette. Part II – The First School. Part III – End of the First School and Beginning of the Second

Bulletin No. 11: Prize Essays 1918-19
1. Our School’s War Activities
2. What Manistee County Has Done to Win the War
3. What our Town Has Done to Win the War (Ypsilanti)
4. How Our County Helped to Win the War (Allegan?)

Bulletin No. 14: Prize Essays 1919-20
1. James Burrill Angell
2. Some Men Who Have Made Cadillac
3. The Life of Peter White
4. Distinguished Men and Women of Berrien County

Bulletin No. 15: Prize Essays 1920-21
1-4. Lessons from Michigan Pioneers
5. The Michigan Indian

Some Facts about Michigan

Lansing: Michigan Historical Commission 1944?
Michigan Historical CommissionGo to Book

A brief intro to Michigan’s history, geography, demographics, economy and government.

History of Michigan

Chicago: Lewis 1915
Moore, CharlesGo to Vol 1|Go to Vol 2|Go to Vol 3|Go to Vol 4



Vol 1 Chapter headings, with some sub-headings, include:
-The Mound Builders, the Garden Beds, and the Ancient Miners
Indian origins, migrations and battles, A century of conflict along the Detroit and St. Clair Rivers, builders of the Ohio Mounds, Michigan Indian mounds, The Garden Beds of Western Michigan, Copper used by the Indians, Ancient Miners of Lake Superior, The Ontonagon Copper Boulder, Removal of the Copper Boulder to Washington.
-Indian Folk-Lore attaching to Michigan Localities
Indian Folk-Lore Attaching to Michigan Localities, The fairy Island of Mackinac, Indian fables relating to Mackinac, The Story of Mashquashakwong, A Chippewa Legend of Sault Saint Marie, The Pictured Rocks, The veneration of animals.
-Champlain and early French Explorations
Explorations of Cartier, conflict between the Hurons and the Iroquois, Attempts to find the Northwest Passage, Stephen Brule, John Nicolet, Nicolet’s voyage through the Straits of Mackinac.
-The Explorers of Lake Superior
Raymbault and Jogues at St. Mary’s Falls, Radisson and Groseilliers, founders of the Hudson Bay Company, The real discoverers of the Mississippi River.
-Missionaries and Missions
Father Rene Menard, The Ottawa Mission, Father Claude Jean Allouez, Father James Marquette, Marquette and Joliet discover the Mississippi River, Marquette founds the Illinois Mission.
-Louis XIV and New France
Louis XIV and New France; Proclamation at Sault Saint Marie and La Salle’s Voyage, St. Simon’s memoirs, Talon, the Intendant, St. Lusson takes possession of the Northwest, La Salle, The building of the Griffon, Father Louis Hennepin, Tonty of the Iron-Hand, The first and last voyage of the Griffon, The conflict between France and England
-Founding of Detroit
Du Lhut in the Detroit region, Cadillac, Michilimackinac, Count Pontchartrain, Alphonse de Tonty, The Fox War, Governors of Detroit.
-English gain possession of the Northwest
English advances from Virginia, Braddock expedition, George Washington and Henry Gladwin, Rogers receives the surrender at Detroit, career of Robert Rogers, Sir William Johnson and Major Gladwin at Detroit, Pontiac Conspiracy, Fort Sandusky, Fort Miami, Fort St. Joseph, massacre at Michilimackinac, Battle of Bloody Run, Pontiac raises the siege of Detroit.
-Carver’s Travels
Rogers and Sinclair at Michilimackinac, Jonathan Carver, Carver at the Falls of St. Anthony, Lord Shelbourne’s colonial policy, The Quebec Act, Patrick Sinclair.
-Beginnings of the Revolution in the West
Henry Hamilton, Lieutenant Governor at Detroit, Daniel Boone, The Girtys, The Northwest tribes during the Revolution, George Rogers Clark, The capture of Vincennes, Major Arent Schuyler de Peyster, Charles de Langlade, Fort Lernault.
-Border Warfare during the Revolution
Death of Sir William Johnson, Frederick Haldimand, Fort Lernault at Detroit, The Moravians , murder of Colonel Crawford.
-Marking National Boundaries
The Treaty of 1783 with England, The influence of the fur-trade on boundaries, Haldimand declines to surrender the Northwest Posts, Vessels on the Great Lakes, Lord Dorchester defines the British attitude.
-American government in the Northwest
Colonial claims to the Northwestern territory, Revolutionary veterans propose to settle the Ohio country, Gen. Rufus Putnam, The Ohio Company, The Ordinance of 1787, Governor Arthur St. Clair, Winthrop Sargent.
-Michigan Posts surrendered by the British
Indian treaties, Report of Capt. Gother Mann on Northwest Posts, The Harmar defeat, The St. Clair defeat , Gen. Anthony Wayne, The Battle of Fallen Timbers, The Jay Treaty, Detroit surrendered, Col. John Francis Hamtramck.
-Michigan Becomes a Political Unit
Congressional conspiracy to obtain Michigan lands, The County of Wayne, Governor William Hull, Judge Augustus Brevoort Woodward, Peter Audrain, Woodward’s plans of Detroit and Ypsilanti, Fugitive slaves from Canada, The Bank of Michigan, Conditions in Michigan Territory.
-Michigan in the War of 1812
Sharing the fur-trade, Fort Malden, Tecumseh, General Hull, The invasion of Canada, The capture of Mackinac, General Brock, The surrender of Detroit, Gen. William Henry Harrison, The massacre of the River Rasin, Perry’s Victory and the Battle of the Thames.
-Lewis Cass founds a Commonwealth
Father Gabriel Richard, Rev. John Monteith, The University of Michigania, The Detroit Gazette, Cass expedition to Upper Michigan, founding of Ypsilanti, Saginaw region, Solomon Sibley.
-Toledo War
Greatest Michigan, Lucius Lyon, Stevens Thompson Mason, Admission into the Union, Isaac E. Crary, Slavery, Land speculation, Wild cat banking
-Struggles of a Lusty Young State
Michigan as a member of the Union, The Upper Peninsula, War vessels on the Great Lakes, The U. S. S. Michigan, The Mormon Colony, King Strang.
-Rise and Decline of Fur Trade
Indian trails, Indian commerce, The beaver, John Jacob Astor, Ramsey Crooks, Robert Stuart, Rix Robinson, Grand Rapids as an Indian trading-post.
-Events leading to formation of Republican Party
Lewis Cass as Minister to France, Lewis Cass as Presidential candidate, The Kentucky Raid, Zachariah Chandler.
-Political Maneuvers
Joseph Warren, Alpheus S. Williams, Formation of the Republican party, William A. Howard.
-Michigan in the War of Succession
-The Development of the Upper Peninsula
Dr. Douglass Houghton, The Cliff Mine, Edwin J. Hulbert discovers the Calumet and Hecla vein, Alexander Agassiz, William Alvin Burt, The St. Mary’s Falls Ship Canal.
-The University of Michigan
President Henry Phillips Tappan, President Erastus Otis Haven, President James Burrell Angell.
-Clearing the Forests
Early sawmills, Lumbering on the Grand River, David Ward, Saginaw Valley Lumbermen, Francis Palms.
-The Holland Immigration and the Beginning of Grand Rapids
The new Pilgrims, Rev. Albertus C Van Raalte, Jannes Van de Luyster, The first settlers of Grand Rapids, Louis Campau, Bishop Frederick Baraga, Furniture industry.

Find related works at: History of Michigan Cities, Counties & Regions
Explorers and Travelers in Michigan History
Michigan Indians – Native Americans in Michigan History
Michigan Economic History
Michigan History: Politics & Government
Michigan Social History
Conflict, War and Military History in Michigan

Michigan Indian mounds, Ontonagon copper, Indian folklore, Native American legends, explorer Samuel Champlain, Stephen Brule, Sault Ste. Marie, Pontiac rebellion, Siege of Detroit, Frederick Haldimand, Chief Tecumseh, Battle of Frenchtown, University of Michigania, Lewis Cass, Stevens T. Mason, John Jacob Astor, Alexander Agassiz, Dr. Douglass Houghton, Calumet vein, Michigan history ebook

“The Ontonagon Boulder in the National Museum at Washington”

Historical Collections Vol 27, 1897, 260-266

Lansing: Michigan Pioneer and Historical Society
Moore, CharlesGo to Article

The Ontonagon boulder is a rock of copper embedded in rock weighing, in the estimation of the author, about three tons, and was found in the Keweenaw Peninsula. The author tells the story of its early discovery and of various attempts to remove it. These were unsuccessful until Julius Eldred, a hardware merchant in Detroit, took on the challenge. The details of his eventual success in 1843, and the subsequent confiscation of the boulder by the Federal Government, are all related here. The boulder eventually was put on display in the National Museum, and continued to be displayed in the Smithsonian Natural History Museum in Washington D.C. until approximately 2010.

Michigan General History

“How Lansing became the Capital”

Historical Collections Vol 11, 1888, 237-243

Lansing: Michigan Pioneer and Historical Society
Robson, Frank E.Go to Article

The capital and main city of Michigan Territory was Detroit, but when the convention that met in 1835 to draft a bill for statehood considered where the capital would meet, there was strong resistance by representatives from other parts of the state to making Detroit its permanent location. They resolved the issue temporarily with a clause providing that Detroit remain the capital until 1847, when the state legislation would determine a permanent location. The author amusingly describes the maneuvers and negotiations that occurred from 1835 to 1847, before the ‘howling wilderness’ that became Lansing was selected, almost by accident.

Michigan and the Old Northwest: From the Ice Age to the End of French Rule

Great Lakes Greyhound Lines 1945
Scheer, LukeGo to Book

Early Michigan history in color comic strips.

The Early History of Michigan, from the First Settlement to 1815

NY: Barnes 1874
Sheldon, E. M.Go to Book

This appears to have been originally published in 1856 (the date of the author’s preface). The author wrote in the preface that a very large part of the book consists of translations of French manuscripts collected or copied by Lewis Cass while he was Minister to France from 1836 to 1842.

See also: Bulkley, John M., “The Early French Settlements on the Great Lakes” on Explorers and Travelers in Great Lakes History

17th century, 18th century, French history of Michigan, free books

Michigan as a Province, Territory and State

The Publishing Society of Michigan. 1906
Utley, Henry M. and Cutcheon, Byron M.

Go to Vol 1|Go to Vol 2|Go to Vol 3|Go to Vol 4

Chapter headings of Vol 1 are:

-Discovery
-Early Exploration
-Later Exploration
-Jesuit Missionaries
-The Savages and their Inter-Tribal Wars
-The Fur Trade and its Importance
-First French Attempts at Colonization
-The Settlements at Sault Ste Marie and Michilimackinac
-Cadillac and his Colony
-Cadillac as Feudal Lord
-French Successors of Cadillac
-Dangers which Surrounded the New Settlement
-Commercial Rivalry between the French and English
-Border Wars of the Colonists
-Final Success of the English
-Effect upon the Indians of the Lake Regions
-Pontiac plans to wipe out the English Invaders
-Complete Defeat of the Savages
-Progress of the Colony under improved Conditions
-The Old French Habitants and their Ways
-Michigan under British Rule
-Influx of Settlers
-Close of the Revolution and Surrender of Michigan to the United States

For works on the Old Northwest under the French regime (until about 1760), see: Great Lakes General History

province of New France, Jesuit missionaries, Michigan exploration, Indian wars, French and Indian War, French settlers in Michigan, Revolutionary War, British rule, American history book

Let’s Look at Our Michigan

Lansing: 1953
Williams, G. Mennen (Governor)Go to Book

A booklet with collected facts about Michigan’s history, geography, economy, demographics, tourism, etc.

You can find more works like these at our other ‘General History’ pages.

Great Lakes General History

Ohio General History

Indiana General History

Illinois General History

Wisconsin General History


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