The short story of Detroit, Michigan
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Detroit is a large city in the state of Michigan and the seat of Wayne County. It is a main port city on Detroit River, in the Midwest area of the United States. Situated north of Windsor, Detroit is the main U.S. city that appears south ofCanada. Frenchman Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac founded Detroit in 1701.
The city is recognized as the world's customary automotive center. 'Detroit' is metonym for American auto industry and the important resource of famous music legacies renowned by the city's two familiar names Motor City & Motown. Other nicknames appeared in the twentieth century, they are Rock City, Hockeytown and Arsenal of Democracy.
Detroit ranked as United States' eleventh most populous city in 2006 with nearly 920.000 residents.
Detroit name came from Detroit River that means ' strait of Lake Erie' that links Lake Huron & Lake Erie; in historical context the strait includes Lake St. Clair & St. Clair River. Traveling up Detroit River by ship, Father Louis Hennepin declared the north bank of river as the perfect location for the settlement. There the French officer named Antoine de la Cadillac founded the settlement named Fort Détroit in 1701 naming it after comte de Pontchartrain the Minister of Marine on Louis XIV. Francois Marie Picoté was the last French armed commander at the Fort Detroit surrendering the fort on 29 November 1760 to the British.
During the French and Indian War, the British troops got control as well as abridged the name to Detroit. Numerous tribes that were led by Chief Pontiac Ottawa leader opened Pontiac's Rebellion including siege of Fort Detroit. Detroit passed to United States under Jay Treaty. Fire destroyed most of this settlement in 1805. River warehouse & brick chimneys of wooden homes were considered as the only structures to live in.
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Casinos attract those looking to court Lady Luck and museums and theaters attract culture and history lovers. Detroit's rich history comes alive in the Cultural Center where you can visit the Detroit Institute of Arts (for the kids, the museum holds specials activities on the weekends including storytelling and making your own puppets), the Detroit Historical Museum (where the exhibit on The Motor City allows you to travel from the assembly line to current graphic design technology), the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, and the Detroit Science Center. The Detroit Public Library and Wayne State University also call the... Read more »
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