Sunday, July 2, 2017

Mackinac Island, Michigan: Fort Mackinac

If you look at a map, you can understand why Fort Mackinac was on an important piece of real estate. It was right around the point where Lakes Huron and Michigan meet, and thus had military and strategic importance.

When trouble began in the Revolutionary War, the British moved a land-based fort on to the Island. The Americans gained control of it in 1796. The British grabbed it early in the War of 1812, but the Americans got it back after the peace treaty was signed. The U.S. continued to use the fort until 1895.

Now it's something a museum, showing what life was like there. There are demonstrations of cannons and marching, and exhibits in the old buildings throughout the grounds. And it is on the best piece of real estate on the island. The walk up to it makes quite an entrance.

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