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Wyandotte in Wayne County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Wyandot Indians

 
 
The Wyandot Indians Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, June 20, 2013
1. The Wyandot Indians Marker
Inscription. The Wyandot were a North American Indian people descended from the aboriginal inhabitants of the Ontario Peninsula, between present day Niagara, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan. The ancient name for more than a dozen Iriquoian speaking tribes of this region was Wendat; the French called them Huron. Hunting and fishing could not provide the economic base needed so the Wendot became intensive slash and burn farmers of maize, beans, squash, sunflowers, peas, pumpkins, melons, and tobacco. The Wendot lived a sedentary life in palisaded, densely populated villages made up of bark covered longhouses.

In 1649-51 the Wendats were driven from their land and almost annihilated by the musket equipped warriors of the Iroquois League. The few survivors of this purge fled west. A group of these Indians settled here in Wyandotte between the present site of Eureka Road & Oak Street on the Detroit River waterfront. They named this site Maquaqua and enjoyed the protection that Fort Detroit offered to them.

With new treaties formed between the Wyandots and the United States Government, the tribe moved from Maquaqua to an area in Flat Rock, Michigan. From there the Wyandots moved to Ohio, then Kansas, and finally to a reservation in Oklahoma, where a tribe of Wyandots remains today.

The city of Wyandotte is named in honor of this
The Wyandot Indians image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, June 20, 2013
2. The Wyandot Indians
proud Indian nation.

Diagram on right
Above: Imaginary conception of the village of Maquaqua drawn from original descriptions of Huron Indian customs by Patricia Warrow, a descendant of the Wyandot Indians.
 
Erected by Wyandotte Community Alliance.
 
Location. 42° 11.735′ N, 83° 9.028′ W. Marker is in Wyandotte, Michigan, in Wayne County. Marker can be reached from Biddle Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in BASF Waterfront Park between Biddle Ave. and the Detroit River. Marker is in this post office area: Wyandotte MI 48192, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. America's First Bessemer Steel Mill (approx. half a mile away); Wyandotte Purple Heart Memorial (approx. mile away); Wyandotte World War I Memorial (approx. 0.8 miles away); Wyandotte Vietnam Memorial (approx. 0.8 miles away); Wyandotte World War II Memorial (approx. 0.8 miles away); Marx Home (approx. 0.8 miles away); John Eberts House (approx. 0.8 miles away); Michigan Alkali Company (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wyandotte.
 
Also see . . .  Wyandot Indian Tribe - Native American Nations. (Submitted on June 25, 2013, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
Wyandot Indian Statue near the marker. image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, June 20, 2013
3. Wyandot Indian Statue near the marker.

 
Categories. Colonial EraNative Americans
 
Detroit River from BASF Waterfront Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Pfingsten, June 20, 2013
4. Detroit River from BASF Waterfront Park
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 25, 2013, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 509 times since then and 62 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 25, 2013, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
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