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Michigan Early History Trivia

Trivia powered by Prof. WalterWhat do you know about Michigan Early History?
Try this Alan's US States Quiz.
"Check Your Answers" at the end of the page.

1) When the first European explorers arrived, the most populous and influential tribes were Algonquian peoples, specifically, the Ottawa, the Anishnabe (called Chippewa in French, after their language Ojibwe), and the Potawatomi.  The Anishnabe, whose numbers are estimated to have been between 25,000 and 35,000, were the most populous.

  • True or False?

2) The three nations co-existed peacefully as part of a loose confederation.
What was the confederation called?

  • Council of Three Fires
  • The Tri Committee
  • The Meeting of Brothers

3) The first Europeans to reach what later became Michigan were those of Étienne Brûlé's expedition. in 1622.
What year was the first European expedition?

  • 1622
  • 1623
  • 1624

4) The first permanent European settlement was founded on the site where Père Jacques Marquette established Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan as a base for Catholic missions.
What year was the first European settlement?

  • 1664
  • 1668
  • 1672

5) In 1679, Robert Cavelier, Sieur de la Salle built Fort Miami.
What is the present-day location?

  • Battle Creek
  • Pontiac
  • St. Joseph

6) In 1701, French explorer and army officer Antoine de la Mothe Mercedes founded Fort Pontchartrain du Détroit or "Fort Pontchartrain on-the-Strait" on the strait, known as the Detroit River, between lakes Saint Clair and Erie.

  • True or False?

7) From 1660 to the end of French rule, Michigan was part of the Royal Province of New France. In 1759, following the Battle of the Plains of Abraham in the French and Indian War (1754–1763), Québec City fell to British forces. This marked Britain's victory in the Seven Years War. Under the Treaty of Paris, Michigan and the rest of New France east of the Mississippi River passed to Great Britain.
What year was the Treaty of Paris ending the Seven Years War (French and Indian War)?

  • 1761
  • 1762
  • 1763

8) During the American Revolutionary War, Detroit was an important British supply center. Most of the inhabitants were French-Canadians or American Indians, many of whom had been allied with the French. Because of imprecise cartography and unclear language defining the boundaries in the 1783 Treaty of Paris, the British retained control of Detroit and Michigan after the American Revolution.

  • True or False?

9) Under terms negotiated in the 1794, Britain withdrew from Detroit and Michilimackinac in 1796. Questions remained over the boundary for many years, and the United States did not have uncontested control of the Upper Peninsula and Drummond Island until 1818 and 1847, respectively.
What was the name of the 1794 treaty?

  • American Accords
  • Ford Treaty
  • Jay Treaty

10) When was Michigan (26th state) admitted to the Union?

  • January 26, 1837
  • January 26, 1837
  • January 26, 1837
Check Your Answers

Michigan Early History
[Answers]

  1. True
  2. Council of Three Fires
  3. 1622
  4. 1668
  5. St. Joseph
  6. False. In 1701, French explorer and army officer Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac founded Fort Pontchartrain du Détroit or "Fort Pontchartrain on-the-Strait" on the strait, known as the Detroit River, between lakes Saint Clair and Erie.
  7. 1763
  8. True
  9. Jay Treaty
  10. January 26, 1837
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