Fort Michilimackinac (pronounced Mish-i-li-mack-i-naw) was a strategically located fortified trading post. The fort, established in approximately 1715, was not built primarily as a military facility but as a link in the French trade system. In 1761 the French relinquished the fort to the British who had assumed control of Canada as a result of their victory in the French and Indian War. Today, a recreation of the original fort is open to visitors.
Fort Michilimackinac was built by the French on the south shore of the Straits of Mackinac in approximately 1715. Previously, French presence in the Straits area was focused in what is now St. Ignace where Father Marquette established a Jesuit mission in 1671 and Fort de Baude was established around 1683. In 1701, Cadillac moved the French garrison from St. Ignace to Detroit, which led to the closing of the mission and considerably reduced French occupation in the area. Several years later, as the French sought to expand the fur trade, they built Fort Michilimackinac to re-establish a French presence in the Straits area.
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(Fort Mackinac, Colonial Michilimackinac, Historic Mill Creek. Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse admission is extra. Valid seven consecutive days from date of purchase.):
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Mackinac Island, Michigan. Accessible by ferries from Mackinaw City and St. Ignace (See our links page for ferry service info), also accessible by plane to Mackinac Island Airport. Mackinac Island State Park is open all year.
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