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Marchand De Lignery and the Voyageurs

We’ve long interpreted Michilimackinac in the 1770s, toward the end of the British period of occupation. However, Michilimackinac was occupied by the French for more than 40 years. Here’s a story about its rocky beginning in this area.

Three adults and a child in a black and white photograph.

What’s in a Name?

Mackinac Associates, the friends group for Mackinac State Historic Parks, hosts several member events. Two are named after prominent Mackinac figures. Why? And who?

Boats Boats Boats!

When you think about the Great Lakes fur trade, you probably think about canoes, right? While canoes were an integral part of the trade, they weren’t the only watercraft on the lakes.

Mackinac Indian Agency

Modern visitors to Mackinac Island still have a chance to see numerous reminders of the community’s heyday as a center of the Great Lakes fur trade.

She Lived Here, Too: Sally Ainse

Sally Ainse was one of many people drawn to Michilimackinac in the 18th century. During her life she worked as an interpreter, fur trader, farmer, and real estate investor.

Card Games on Mackinac Island

  Studying the lives of 19th century people on Mackinac Island often brings us to the work that they did. We know there were soldiers, fur traders, and families living and working together on the island, but what did they do for fun? Luckily for us there are a few clues.