Detroit, Michigan is one of the most history-rich cities in the world, with many attractions, fun-filled activities, rich culture, and lots of entertainment. This beautiful city of Michigan is by far the most populous metropolis in the state and also the largest American city on the Canadian border. With a fast-growing population of over 675,000 people, Detroit ranks as one of the country’s most populated cities. The population of Detroit’s Metro area which covers most of the communities around the city has a whopping population of over 4 million residents. The city serves as the administrative center of Michigan’s Wayne County.
The earliest known inhabitants of the area that forms today’s Detroit city were the Paleo-Indian tribes who arrived and inhabited the area over 100 centuries ago. At the start of the 17th century, the area was dominated by over four new tribes namely the Iroquois, Odawa, Huron and the Potawatomi people. The first Europeans to reach the area arrived in the 1630s after tactfully fighting and evading the Five Nations who had fought them off for several years. This led to a series of conflicts between the new arrivals and the Natives as well as conflicts between the Native tribes which led to the Iroquois dominating the region and pushing their neighbors away from the region in what was then known as the Beaver Wars.
The first group of British colonists arrived in the area after the French settlers were defeated in the infamous French and Indian War which started in 1754 and lasted for around 7 years. The name Detroit was coined by the French settlers in reference to the linkage created between Lake Erie and Lake Huron by Detroit River. The original name was “le détroit du lac Érié,” but the British colonialists shortened it to Detroit after taking over the area from the natives and the French settlers. By then, the city was a thriving fur trading center.
The official incorporation of Detroit as a city came in 1815 while Detroit was serving as the capital of Michigan Territory (today’s Michigan state). Since then, the city has undergone numerous political, economic and developmental ups and downs before reaching its current state of modernization and prominence in the car production.
Though Detroit, MI is not typically thought of as a hot spot for vacationers, it is a leading technology-based city with lots of fun activities and attractions. There’s tons of fun waiting in Detroit, from its lively casinos to world-renowned architectural sites and designs.