The area wasn’t peaceful for long. As the fur trade became more lucrative, the intensity of the British and French animosity reached its peak, resulting in the French and Indian War in the mid-1700s. The war effectively ended the 145-year French era and, in 1759, ushered in British rule. Skirmishes continued, though, especially around the Straits of Mackinac. Today, museums and historic state parks in the area chronicle the events.
The British ruled the colony with an iron fist. While the French had treated the Native Americans with a certain amount of respect, the British allied themselves with tribes that were traditional enemies of those native to the area. The British actively discouraged settlement of the state’s interior to protect their rich fur empire. In 1783, the Treaty of Paris gave the lands to the newly independent United States.
by Laura Martone from Moon Michigan, 3rd Edition, © Avalon Travel