“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Mackinac Island in Mackinac County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

British Landing

British Landing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joel S., circa July 2010
1. British Landing Marker
Inscription.  Here, during the night of July 16-17, 1812, a small force of British regulars and several hundred voyageurs and Indian allies from St. Joseph Island landed. They occupied a height that overlooks Fort Mackinac and demanded its surrender. Lt. Porter Hanks, commander of the American garrison of 57 soldiers, had not known that war had been declared. Realizing that resistance was hopeless and might provoke an Indian massacre, Hanks capitulated without a fight.
Erected by Michigan Historical Commission and Mackinac Island State Park Commission. (Marker Number 187.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War of 1812. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list. A significant historical date for this entry is July 16, 1812.
Location. 45° 52.646′ N, 84° 38.705′ W. Marker is in Mackinac Island, Michigan, in Mackinac County. Marker is at the intersection of Lake Shore Drive (State Highway 185) and British Landing Road, on the left when traveling north on Lake Shore Drive. The marker is on the west shore
British Landing Marker (<i>wide view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 30, 2017
2. British Landing Marker (wide view)
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close to the north end of the island. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mackinac Island MI 49757, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Ice Bridge (a few steps from this marker); The Mackinac Bridge (a few steps from this marker); Limestone Breccia (within shouting distance of this marker); Sugar Loaf (approx. 1.7 miles away); Post Cemetery (approx. 1.8 miles away); Devil's Kitchen (approx. 1.8 miles away); Skull Cave (approx. 1.9 miles away); a different marker also named Skull Cave (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mackinac Island.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 5, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 2, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 379 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on August 2, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.   2. submitted on April 5, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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Oct. 20, 2021