WhiIe traveling The Great Loop by boat, I sought out the history of the places we visited. But on the road last week, while driving from my primary home (near Washington D.C.) to my 2nd home and Many Moons’ homeport (in far-north Michigan), I filled in some history closer to home. It’s about time I stopped there. I’ve passed by it at least a dozen times.
It’s funny how we are often more alert to historical perspective…or adventure, or beauty, or “life lessons”… far from home rather than nearby. Or is that just me?
I refer to Fort Michilimackinac, on the south end of the Mackinac Bridge, where Lake Michigan meets Lake Huron.
In the 1700s, while Europe’s great powers were expanding their empires, France and Spain and Great Britain all vied for territory in North America. Great Britain won, at least for that part of North American which became the U.S.
The local Indian tribes — the people who already lived there — did not win.
Maybe it’s not very surprising that the tribes attacked this fort. They held it for a year before returning it to the British. It was the only action the fort ever saw. So it’s known today more for a “local rebellion” than for combat between competing foreign powers.
Photos and captions of my recent visit to the fort below.