1796 : Wayne County Established

July 15, 2018 all-day

The first county in Michigan is named for American General Anthony Wayne, who defeated the English and their Indian allies at the Battle of Fallen Timbers in Northern Ohio on August 20, 1794, ending British influence over the future Northwest territory. On August 3, 1795 he signed a peace treaty with the Indians acknowledging this fact.

The original Wayne County consisted of the entire terrirotry of Michigan and some bordering territory in the future states of Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio.

Source : Detroit Almanac : 300 years of life in the Motor City

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