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Fort Michilimackinac Origin and Importance 1715-1781

On the shores where two Great Lakes, Michigan and Huron, meet, Frenchmen Constant Le Marchand de Lignery built a wooden fort in 1715. It was named after the Native American name for the area, Michilimackinac. Michilimackinac’s meaning is somewhat contested,…

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Robert McDoall and Fort Mackinac

British Control of Fort Mackinac during the War of 1812, led largely by Robert McDouall, was one of the biggest successes the British had during the War of 1812. Not only did they capture the fort with ease at the…

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Fort Mackinac from 1815 to the Civil War

After the War of 1812, the military significance of Fort Mackinac slowly declined. As it was no longer needed to defend against British forces in Canada, it was used as a troop reserve and an important fur trading post. The fort was…

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Americans in the Battle of Mackinac Island

The Battle of Mackinac Island was a battle that took place during the War of 1812 between the British and the Americans.  The battle overall was insignificant due to the outcome of The War of 1812, but Mackinac Island was…

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Fort Holmes

Fort Holmes was a military fort on Mackinac Island in Lake Huron that was a major part of the defense of the island. The fort does not have a long history since it was built in the War of 1812,…

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Fort Mackinac and The War of 1812

Fort Mackinac is a important fort that controlled the Straits of Mackinac, an important area that controlled access to Lake Michigan from Lake Huron. Travelling by boat was much faster than travelling across land so controlling this strait gave you faster troop movements around…

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Pontiac’s Rebellion at Fort Michilimackinac

Fort Michilimackinac is located at the northern tip of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. The Fort is easily seen from either side of the Mackinac Bridge, connecting Michigan’s Lower and Upper Peninsulas. The Fort served as a trading post with access to…

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British Aspect of the Battles of Mackinac Island, 1812 and 1814

On two occasions the American and British forces battled on Mackinac Island for control of the Straits of Mackinac during the War of 1812. Following the two land skirmishes, the British and American forces also engaged in a small, but…

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