Friday, July 11, 2014

Detroit After The Revolution


From A Little Girl in Old Detroit, by Amanda Minnie Douglas:

After the war of the Revolution was ended all the country south of the Lakes was ceded to the United Colonies. But Detroit was still largely a French town or settlement, for thus far it had been a military post of importance. The French were largely agriculturists, though many inside the Fort traded carefully, but the English claimed much of this business afterward.

Captain [Moses] Porter was very busy restoring order. Wells had been filled with stones, windows broken, fortifications destroyed. Arthur St. Clair had been appointed Governor of the Territory, which was then a part of Illinois, but the headquarters were at Marietta. Little attention was paid to Detroit further than to recognize it as a center of trade... . 

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