St. Ignace in Mackinac County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Two Cultures Meet
French traders established themselves in the Upper Great Lakes region after 1644 and were welcome among the Indians. They sought harmony with the native people, learning their language and respecting their customs.
The French adopted useful Indian products like snowshoes and canoes. At the same time, European trade goods slowly replaced traditional Indian wares. Cotton and wool supplanted buckskin and European glass beads replaced beads made of shell and bone.
Stone arrowheads gave way to iron arrowheads and eventually guns began to replace the bow and arrow altogether. To obtain such European trade goods, Indians traded furs to the French and began to function increasingly as trappers.
Location. 45° 52.248′ N, 84° 43.821′ W. Marker is in St. Ignace, Michigan, in Mackinac County. Marker can be reached from North State Street (Business Interstate 75). Marker is on the Huron Boardwalk. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 499 North State Street, Saint Ignace MI 49781, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Structures of Local Native Americans in the 1600's (within shouting distance of this marker); Commercial Fishing (within shouting distance of this marker); What's in the Water? (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Watery Graveyard (about 300 feet away); Voyage of Exploration (about 300 feet away); St. Ignace Mission (about 300 feet away); Old Mill Slip (about 300 feet away); Michilimackinac Cove (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Ignace.
Categories. • Colonial Era • Native Americans •
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 13, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 13, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 86 times since then. Photo 1. submitted on September 13, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.