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Part of the Upper Midwest, Michigan became a state in 1837. Prior to European settlement, the area was home to Algonquian-speaking groups like the Ottawa, Ojibwa, Miami, and Potawatomi, as well as the Iroquoian-speaking Huron. The name of the state comes from an Ojibwa term, michi-gama, meaning “large lake” – a reminder that Michigan borders four of the country’s Great Lakes. The French began to claim the area as their own from the 17th century, before the British assumed control in the 1760s. In 1783, ownership transferred to the United States, although parts of the state would again be temporarily captured by Britain in the War of 1812. During the 20th century, the automotive industry became key to Michigan’s economy, especially that of its largest city, Detroit.

Archaeology & History Sites in Michigan

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Museums & Art Galleries in Michigan

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