French Land Claims on the Post-Colonial Frontier in Ypsilanti, Michigan’s Second Oldest City

Authors: Richard Sambrook*, Eastern Michigan University
Topics: Historical Geography, Agricultural Geography, Cultural Geography
Keywords: French Claims; Riparian Long Lots; Northwest Territory; Ypsilanti, Michigan.
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Virginia B, Marriott, Lobby Level
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Riparian long-lots were established in SE Michigan during the colonial French and post-colonial period in the Northwest Territory along both sides of the Detroit River; along both sides of the Raisin River; and four long-lots were established along the west bank of the Huron River. The riparian long-lots in what will eventually be named Ypsilanti, Michigan’s second oldest city (1821), had an impact on the evolution of the road and street pattern of the area surrounding the city. These four French claims differ in a number of ways from the riparian long-lots found in other areas of SE Michigan. A descriptive analysis of historic plat maps, early U.S. Census information, plat records found in the American State Papers, and U.S.G.S. topographic sheets will be employed in this research. Key Words: French Claims; Riparian Long Lots; Northwest Territory; Ypsilanti, Michigan.

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