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  • John Francis Dodge (1864 - 1920)
    From Wikipedia: Jo hn Francis Dodge was born in Niles, Berrien County, Michigan where his father rented a fish and chips shop. John and his younger brother, Horace, were inseparable as children and a...
  • James J. Couzens, US Senator (1872 - 1936)
    James J. Couzens (August 26, 1872 – October 22, 1936) was a U.S. Senator from the state of Michigan, the Mayor of Detroit, an industrialist, and philanthropist. Couzens was born in Chatham, ...
  • Frank Couzens (1902 - 1950)
  • Edsel Bryant Ford (1893 - 1943)
    Edsel Bryant Ford (November 6, 1893 – May 26, 1943), son of Henry Ford, was born in Detroit, Michigan, USA. He was a president of Ford Motor Company from 1919 until his death in 1943. Life a...
  • William Clay Ford, Sr. (1925 - 2014)
    on the right in profile photo . William Clay Ford, Sr. (born March 14, 1925, died March 9, 2014) is the youngest of the four children of Edsel Ford and the youngest grandchild of Henry Ford. Biog...

Goal and Scope of this Project

This project is a description of the city of Detroit, its history and people that made it famous.

The story of Detroit--and this project--starts from the first recorded mention of the site in 1670, when French missionaries found a stone idol venerated by the Indians there and destroyed it with an axe.

Detroit on the map today.

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Standard Location Names for Québec, Canada

  • ... 1700 and earlier :
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    • City= (futur Détroit)
    • County = [leave-blank]
    • State/Province = [leave-blank]
    • Country = North America Territories
  • ... between 1701 and 1762 :
    • Place Name =
    • City = Détroit
    • County = [leave-blank]
    • State/Province = Territoires de la Nouvelle-France
    • Country = Canada
  • ... between 1763 and 1773 :
    • Place Name =
    • City = Detroit
    • County = [leave-blank]
    • State/Province = Brittish North America Territories
    • Country = Canada
  • ... between 1774 and 1795 :
    • Place Name =
    • City = Detroit
    • County = [leave-blank]
    • State/Province = Québec
    • Country = Canada
  • ... between 1796 and 1836 :
    • Place Name =
    • City = Detroit
    • County = Wayne
    • State/Province = Michigan Territory
    • Country = United States
  • ... 1837 to today :
    • Place Name =
    • City = Detroit
    • County = Wayne
    • State/Province = Michigan
    • Country = United States

Overview

Detroit ( /diˈtrɔɪt/)[5] is the largest city in the state of Michigan, and is the seat of Wayne County. It is the major city among the primary cultural, financial, and transportation centers in the Metro Detroit area, a region of 5.2 million people, and serves as a major port on the Detroit River connecting the Great Lakes system to the Saint Lawrence Seaway. It was founded on July 24, 1701, by the French explorer, adventurer, and nobleman Antoine de la Mothe, sieur de Cadillac.

In 2010, the city had a population of 713,777 and ranked as the 18th most populous city in the United States.[3] The name Detroit sometimes refers to the Metro Detroit area with a population of 4,296,250 for the six-county Metropolitan Statistical Area,[6] the United States' 13th-largest, and a population of 5,218,852 for the nine-county Combined Statistical Area as of the 2010 Census. The Detroit–Windsor area, a critical commercial link straddling the Canada–U.S. border, has a total population of about 5,700,000.

Known as the world's traditional automotive center, "Detroit" is a metonym for the American automobile industry and an important source of popular music legacies celebrated by the city's two familiar nicknames, the Motor City and Motown. Other nicknames arose in the 20th century, including City of Champions beginning in the 1930s for its successes in individual and team sport,[11] The D, D-Town, Hockeytown (a trademark owned by the city's NHL club, the Red Wings), Rock City (after the Kiss song "Detroit Rock City"), and The 313 (its telephone area code) Detroit became known as the "great arsenal of democracy" for its support of the U.S. role among the Allied powers during World War II.

Detroit and the surrounding region constitute a major center of commerce and global trade. The Detroit area emerged as a metropolitan region with construction of an extensive freeway system in the 1950s and 1960s which has expanded in ensuing decades. Freeways and transit systems have facilitated movement throughout the region with millions of people taking up residence in the suburbs. Between 2000 and 2010, the city's population fell by 25%, from the nation's 10th largest city to 18th. Commensurate with the shift of population and jobs to its suburbs, the city has had to adjust its role within the larger metropolitan area. Downtown Detroit has seen an increased role as an entertainment hub in the 21st century with the opening of three casino resort hotels, new stadiums, and a revitalized riverfront. The metropolitan region currently holds roughly one-half of the state's population.

History and Timeline

1937 May 26 - Battle of the Overpass. This incident occurred between United Auto Workers Union (UAW) organizers and Ford Motor Company security guards at the River Rouge Plant complex in Dearborn, in metro-Detroit, Michigan. Several union organizers were asked by a photographer from the Detroit News to pose for pictures on the overpass. While they were posing, men from Ford's internal security department began to beat them. This beating was photographed. News and photos of the attack made headlines in newspapers across the country, which increased support for the UAW and hurt Ford's reputation.

1943, June 20 (Sunday) - The Detroit Riot. By the time federal troops arrived to halt the racial conflict, 25 Blacks and 9 whites were dead, property damage exceeded $2 million, and a legacy of fear and hate became part of the city. (1968 Riot Commission, p. 224).

The 1967 Detroit riot, also known as the 12th Street riot, was a violent public disorder that turned into a civil disturbance. Police confrontations with patrons and observers on the street evolved into one of the deadliest and most destructive riots in United States history, lasting five days and surpassing the violence and property destruction of Detroit's 1943 race riot. The result was 43 dead, 1,189 injured, over 7,200 arrests, and more than 2,000 buildings destroyed.

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