Today in Michigan History

September 1, 1796

Americans occupied Fort Mackinac.

A small party of U.S. troops under the command of Major Henry Burbeck arrived from Detroit to take formal possession of Fort Mackinac. Thirteen years earlier, the Treaty of Paris, which ended the American Revolution, required the British to leave American outposts “with all convenient speed.” With the signing of Jay’s Treaty between Great Britain and the United States in 1795, the British finally agreed to leave American soil.

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