• Three great Indian tribes once controlled Michigan: the Potawatomi in southern Michigan, the Ottawa in the upper half of the Lower Peninsula, and the Ojibwa or Chippewa in the Upper Peninsula and part of the Lower Peninsula.
  • The first explorer to come to Michigan in the early 1600s was Etienne Brule, a Frenchman.
  • Sault Ste. Marie was founded more than 100 years before the American Revolution (1668). It is the oldest city in the Midwest.
  • The City of Four Flags is Niles. It is the only city in Michigan to have been under flags of France, Great Britain, Spain, and the United States.
  • Michigan became the 26th state in 1837.
  • Michigan has 83 counties.


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