History of Michigan

By | September 23, 2022

State in the north of America with the nickname Wolverine State: Michigan. According to ablogtophone, the state has an area of ​​250,941 km² and more than ten million inhabitants. The state capital is Lansing.

Before the arrival of Europeans, Michigan was inhabited by Native American tribes such as the Chippewa. It is believed that these Indians are also the namesake of the state. The word micigama means “great water” and is said to have been corrupted into Michigan over time.

The French were the first Europeans to enter Michigan. French explorer Étienne Brulé did in 1618 and was followed by Robert de la Salle in 1679. Frenchman Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac founded Detroit, currently Michigan’s largest city, in 1701 as a hub for the fur trade.

The English took possession of Michigan in 1763 but had to cede the state twenty years later to the United States, which made the area part of the Northwest Territory in 1787. However, the influence of the English lasted until the War of 1812, when England unsuccessfully tried to recapture the area, large in Michigan. After this war the ‘danger’ of the English was averted, but for a long time it was hardly inhabited. Only after the Erie Canal is opened in 1825 does a new flow of settlers come to Michigan.

According to bestitude, Michigan became an independent territory in 1805 and then had Detroit as its capital. In 1837, the area was incorporated as a state into the Union and received. Ten years later Lansing became the capital.

Flag & motto

Michigan Flag

The blue flag of the state of Michigan shows a light blue shield with an image of a sun rising over a lake, a peninsula and a man with a rifle in his hand. This rifle represents peace and the willingness to defend rights. A moose and a red deer can be seen on the side of the shield. These animals are the symbols of Michigan. The eagle above the shield symbolizes the United States.

The flag contains three Latin mottos. The top one, on a red ribbon says E pluribus unum (one out of many) and has long been the unofficial US national motto. The light blue shield bears the Latin word Tuebor which means ‘I will defend’. The white ribbon at the bottom of the flag bears Michigan’s official motto: Si Quaeris Peninsulam Amoenam Circumspice. This means

‘if you are looking for a pleasant peninsula, look around you’.

The current flag was inaugurated on August 1, 1911.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Preserve is located along the northwest shore of Lake Michigan, at the border of Leelanau and Benzie County, Michigan. The park covers a 60 km stretch of the lake and also includes the North and South Manitou Islands. The South Island is home to the South Manitou Island Lighthouse, built in 1871, as well as several rural historic farms. The islands were annexed to the park in 1970.

Sleeping Bear Dunes looks like a little piece of the Sahara hidden in North America. The park was established to preserve excellent natural conditions such as forests, beaches, ancient glacial phenomena and numerous sand dunes. The park got its name from the legend of the old Chippewa Indians about the sleeping bear. In ancient times, a huge forest fire here is said to have driven a female bear with two cubs from their hiding place on the west bank and forced them to plunge into the lake. The animals tried to swim to the other side of the lake to save themselves and find a new shelter.

After many kilometers of swimming in the waters of the lake, the cubs were already exhausted. By now the mother had reached the shore and was waiting for them on a high cliff, unfortunately she did not see them. The little bears drowned in the lake, but the mother kept waiting there, hoping that her cubs would appear. The determination and faith of the mother thus caused her cubs to reappear in the form of two islands – North and South Manitou. The bear then turned into a large sand dune and is still waiting for her cubs like this.

Today, Lake Michigan is a paradise for all kinds of outdoor activities, such as swimming, fishing, hiking and canoeing. Visitors are also attracted here by the strange rock formations that have been shaped by water and wind over many thousands of years. Rocks of various colors from light champagne to golden brown here reach a height of several tens of meters. The local strange plants are also interesting, and the beautiful sunset will certainly please romantic souls.