1671 : French Claim Michigan

June 14, 2024 all-day

On June 14, 1671, the Pageant of Sault was held, and the French government claimed the territory that would become Michigan.

The French, led by Simon Francois, claimed all the land  — bounded on the one side by the Northern and Western Seas and on the other side by the South Sea — for the French monarchy. They did this before Native Americans, and warned them of the perils the Indians might incur by trading with other European powers.

Source: Michigan Historical Calendar, Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University.

For another, see Wikipedia Timeline of Michigan history.

For another source, see The Pageant of 1671, American Journeys : Eyewitness Accounts of Early American Exploration and Settlement – A Digital Library and Learnig Center, Wisconsin Historical Society.

For another source, see The pageant of Saint Lusson, Sault Ste. Marie, 1671 (1892), Internet Archive.

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