By: H. Richardson
Date: 1935 (circa)
Original Size: 23 x 19 inches (58.5 cm x 48.25 cm)
This is a fine print reproduction of an attractive pictorial map of Michigan that includes many of the main points of interest of the state. It illustrates the geophysical features of the state, its industries and various tribes of indigenous peoples.
Longfellow’s famous words, “By the shores of Gitche Gumee…” accompany an illustration of indigenous peoples with their tepee. For thousands of years before the arrival of the first Europeans, Michigan had been home to myriad indigenous tribes such as the Ojibwa, Menominee, Miami, Ottawa and Potawatomi. A large settlement was located in the area of present day Detroit where the native population in 1500 is thought to have been about 15,000.
The first European settlements took place when the area was a large colonial province of France, and the French continued to dominate the territory which became the state until 1783, when the Treaty of Paris resulted in the land being turned over to the newly found United States of America. Detroit itself grew up around the original French ‘Fort Pontchartrain du Detroit’. French activities in the area were limited to hunting and trapping, and trading with and conversion of local indigenous peoples.
Michigan is surrounded by the Great Lakes, supports many types of agricultural, is home to a wide variety of wildlife, and industries of myriad kinds all of which are pictorially depicted. Pictorial reference is made to the mineral deposits in the peninsula. Historical landmarks and modern ones are depicted in brightly colored vignettes.
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