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Near Harbor Beach in Huron County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Territory of Michigan and “White Rock”

 
 
The Territory of Michigan and "White Rock" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 25, 2010
1. The Territory of Michigan and "White Rock" Marker
Inscription. In the early 1800s, "White Rock", a point well known to the Indians and early voyagers, played a significant role in defining settlements.

The Act establishing the Territory of Michigan was passed January 11, 1805, and took effect June 30th of the same year. In order to facilitate the settlement of the territory, and in accordance with the policy adopted by the United States, a treaty was made November 17, 1807. Governor William Hull, (Michigan's first governor) acting for the United States, negotiated certain rights and several small reservations with the Ottawa, Chippewa, Wyandotte, and Potawatomi Indian tribes.

The 1807 treaty included part of the state lying east of a line running along the west side of what is now Lenawee and Shiawassee counties, and from about the center of the west line of the last county, northeasterly to "White Rock, in Lake Huron."

As a result of the 1807 treaty signed in Detroit, the Anishinabeg (Indians) ceded the territory to the United States. Also, the large white rock, clearly visible directly east of here in the waters of Lake Huron, was formally named "White Rock." "White Rock" marked the northeast corner of how far north the white man could settle at that time.

Map of Michigan Treaty Boundaries
 
Location.
White Rock in Lake Huron image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 25, 2010
2. White Rock in Lake Huron
As viewed from the marker
43° 43.04′ N, 82° 36.586′ W. Marker is near Harbor Beach, Michigan, in Huron County. Marker can be reached from S. Lakeshore Road (State Highway 25) 0.2 miles south of Atwater Road, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located in White Rock Roadside Park. Marker is in this post office area: Harbor Beach MI 48441, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within walking distance of this marker. "White Rock": The History, Oral Traditions, and Tales (here, next to this marker).
 
Categories. Native AmericansSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 28, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 284 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 28, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
 
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