Today in Michigan History

November 9, 1775

Henry Hamilton arrived in Detroit.

The newly appointment British governor, Henry Hamilton, reached Detroit. During the upcoming American Revolution, Hamilton used Detroit as a base for raids on American colonists living on the frontier. He also acquired the nickname “the hair buyer” because of his practice of paying Native American allies for American scalps. After being captured leading a raid into southern Indiana later during the Revolution, Hamilton was imprisoned, but never returned to Detroit.

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