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Written in 1876 this work was originally intended as a sketch of the political development of the State of Michigan to be used for the purposes of its Centennial Committee. Chapters span Michigan political history beginning with early explorations by France and England, colonization, French and then British rule, military conquest, the administration of colonial governors, relations with adjacent territorial entities, the last years of the Territory and the first Constitution of 1835; and lastly, Michigan under the Constitution of 1850.

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