Category: Guide to Michigan

Michigan – The Indians called Lake Michigan “Micigama” large water that divides the state in half and is therefore called “Great Lake State”. Michigan is surrounded by the four large lakes of Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, Lake Huron and Lake Erie and was first visited by fur traders and missionaries in 1616. The first real settlement took place in 1668. From 1763 until the War of Independence the area was under English administration. In 1837, it became the 26th state in the United States. Today around 9 million people live in Michigan, whose capital is Lansing. Detroit is the largest city in the state and the center of the American auto industry.