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History of Mackinac Island, Michigan, USA

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(Fort Michilimackinac)

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Mackinac Island, Michigan, USA

Mackinac Island is located on Lake Huron in the Straits of Mackinac, in Mackinac County, east of the Mackinac Bridge. From 1818 to 1882, the City was the county seat of the former Michilimackinac County, which was later organized into Mackinac County with St. Ignace as the county seat.

The City includes all of Mackinac Island except for the state owned property under the jurisdiction of the Mackinac Island State Park Commission and Department of Natural Resources. The City Charter also originally included nearby Round Island which is unpopulated and now federally owned and part of Hiawatha National Forest. The City Charter was passed by the State of Michigan Legislature in 1899 which vacated the Township of Holmes and Village of Mackinac to incorporate the City of Mackinac Island.

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  • Mackinac Island, Michigan, USA
    Old Fort Michillimackinac, 1673-1781, Mackinaw City, Mich.
    Postcard
  • 1715 - The French built Fort Michilimackinac to re-establish a presence along the Straits of Mackinac


  • 1761 - The French relinquished the fort, along with their territory in Canada, to the British in 1761 following their loss in the French and Indian War.


  • 1763 - A group of Ojibwe killed most of the British inhabitants and held the fort for a year before the British retook it with the provision to offer more and better gifts to the native inhabitants of the area.


  • 1781 - The British eventually deemed the wooden fort on the mainland too vulnerable to attack, and in 1781 they built Fort Mackinac, a limestone fort on nearby Mackinac Island.


  • Mackinac Island, Michigan, USA
    View of Fort and Town

    Picturesque America: Or, the Land We Live In. A Delineation by Pen and Pencil of the Mountains, Rivers, Lakes... With Illustr. on Steel and Wood, by Eminent American Artists, Volume 1
    William C. Bryant
    Appleton, 1872

    Artwork
  • Mackinac Island, Michigan, USA
    Arched Rock by Moonlight

    Picturesque America: Or, the Land We Live In. A Delineation by Pen and Pencil of the Mountains, Rivers, Lakes... With Illustr. on Steel and Wood, by Eminent American Artists, Volume 1
    William C. Bryant
    Appleton, 1872

    Artwork
  • 1854 - Mackinac / Michilimackinac / Mackinaw
    Mackinac, or Michilimackinac, commonly called Mackinaw, a post-village, capital of Michilimackinac co., Michigan, on an island of the same name, in...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Mackinac / Mackinaw Island
    Mackinac (Mackinaw) Island, a post-village of Mackinac co., Mich., is on a small island at the N.W. extremity of Lake Huron, about 320 miles by water ...Read MORE...


  • 1960 - The fort grounds were designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960.




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Mackinac Island, Michigan, USA
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Old Fort Michillimackinac, 1673-1781, Mackinaw City, Mich.
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Mackinac Island, Michigan, USA
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View of Fort and Town

Picturesque America: Or, the Land We Live In. A Delineation by Pen and Pencil of the Mountains, Rivers, Lakes... With Illustr. on Steel and Wood, by Eminent American Artists, Volume 1
William C. Bryant
Appleton, 1872

Artwork

Mackinac Island, Michigan, USA
Pinterest
Arched Rock by Moonlight

Picturesque America: Or, the Land We Live In. A Delineation by Pen and Pencil of the Mountains, Rivers, Lakes... With Illustr. on Steel and Wood, by Eminent American Artists, Volume 1
William C. Bryant
Appleton, 1872

Artwork
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  • 1715 - The French built Fort Michilimackinac to re-establish a presence along the Straits of Mackinac
  • 1761 - The French relinquished the fort, along with their territory in Canada, to the British in 1761 following their loss in the French and Indian War.
  • 1763 - A group of Ojibwe killed most of the British inhabitants and held the fort for a year before the British retook it with the provision to offer more and better gifts to the native inhabitants of the area.
  • 1781 - The British eventually deemed the wooden fort on the mainland too vulnerable to attack, and in 1781 they built Fort Mackinac, a limestone fort on nearby Mackinac Island.
  • 1854 - Mackinac / Michilimackinac / Mackinaw
    Mackinac, or Michilimackinac, commonly called Mackinaw, a post-village, capital of Michilimackinac co., Michigan, on an island of the same name, in... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Mackinac / Mackinaw Island
    Mackinac (Mackinaw) Island, a post-village of Mackinac co., Mich., is on a small island at the N.W. extremity of Lake Huron, about 320 miles by water ... Read MORE...

  • 1960 - The fort grounds were designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960.

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