French House Ruin, 1765 - 1781

French House Ruin, 1765 - 1781 (HM2HPS)

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N 45° 46.881', W 84° 43.855'

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Mackinaw City Historical Pathway

Fort Michilimackinac's population grew after British arrival in 1761. After the successful Indian attack on the fort on June 2, 1763, British authorities moved much of the fur-trading community outside the fort. Started in 1765, a village surrounding Fort Michilimackinac grew quite large during the 1770s.

Here in what is now a driveway for the bank, archaeologists found a portion of a French style poteaux-en-terre ("posts-in-the-ground") house wall from a building erected sometime after 1765. This house ruin probably marks the southernmost extent of the colonial village and was typical of French medieval house styles brought from Brittany and Normandy to Canada. It no doubt was home to a French fur-trader and probably survived until 1781 when Fort Michilimackinac and most of the village houses were moved to Mackinac Island. (Marker Number 40.)
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Date Added Tuesday, June 11th, 2019 at 11:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 676389 N 5072258
Decimal Degrees45.78135000, -84.73091667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 45° 46.881', W 84° 43.855'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds45° 46' 52.86" N, 84° 43' 51.3" W
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