The History of Genesee County, MI
Chapter I
Michigan Territory

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On June 30, 1805, Michigan became a separate territory. Gen. William Hull, a veteran officer of the Revolution, was appointed governor, and it was during his term that the War of 1812 broke out. From the very beginning, the period of his rule was filled with trouble. In the very year of his arrival in Detroit a great fire completely destroyed the village and post. This had its good side, for subsequently the town was laid out on a greatly enlarged and improved plan; but temporarily the people suffered great hardships.

The governor was also hampered by interminable bickerings among the territorial officials. From 1807 on, it was evident the Indians meant mischief. They complained that they had signed treaties without understanding them. In 1807 Governor Hull negotiated a treaty with them, by which they ceded lands as far west as the principal meridian running through the present counties of Hillsdale, Jackson, Ingham and Shiawassee, to a point near Owosso, and thence northeast to White rock, on Lake Huron. But fear of the Indians kept the lands from being surveyed, and settlers were not disposed to go inland out of easy hailing distance from the fort at Detroit. The Indians were doubtless influenced somewhat by the fur traders of the Northwest Company, whose interests required that the country should remain a wilderness, and the British distributed guns and ammunition and other presents with a lavish hand.


History of Genesee County, Michigan, Her People, Industries and Institutions
by Edwin O. Wood, LL.D, President Michigan Historical Commission, 1916

Transcribed by Holice B. Young

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