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Aboriginal families had populated the area in and around Detroit for thousand of years prior to the first European settlers to write or document the region. As early as 1610-1629, Étienne Brûlé was sent from Quebec by Samuel de Champlain to investigate the region and its peoples.

The Jesuit missionaries, Jean de Brébeuf and Pierre Joseph Marie Chaumont, visited the village of Khioeta, which they renamed St. Michel, on the what is today the Eastern shore of the Detroit River. They were driven out by a resisting band of Algonquin peoples after wintering there in 1641.

The first European setters are reported to have arrived on 24 July 1701 no census was taken until 1710. Ecclesiastical records from Ste Anne de Detroit, record early marriages and baptisms in the settlement.

Early French settler families, Recensement 1710

François Fafard dit Delorme; né Trois Rivières 1660, décès Détroit 30 Oct 1713. 1er mariage Champlain, épouse Magdeleine Jobin. 2eme mariage Détroit 1713 épouse Barbe Loisel (veuve Pierre Roussel)

Jacques Langlois né 1676, décès Montréal 30 Jan 1733 épouse Marie Dusault

Desrochers and wife;

Joseph Parent and wife;

Jacob de Marsac de l'Omtrou;

Étienne Estève dit Lajeunesse and wife;

Pierre Mallet and wife;

Jean Casse dit St. Aubin, soldier with house and no land;

Pierre René Poirier dit Lafleur, soldier with house and no land;

François Bienvenu dit Delisle, soldier with house and no land;

Jacques Hubert dit Lacroix, and wife;

Pierre Roy and wife;

François Masse and wife;

Jean-Baptiste Turpin and wife;

Vin Desagne, widower;

Pierre St. Onge dit Chêne, wife did not come to Détroit;

Pierre Gareau Xaintonge, wife did not come to Detroit;

Louis Gâtineau, wife remaining at Trois Rivières;

Bonaventure Compien dit l'Espérance;

René Lemoyne,

Jacques Lemoyne,

Michel Campau, wife remains in Montréal;

Alexis Lemoyne;

Voyageur Despins;

François Benoît dit Livernois;

Pierre Robert dit Lafontaine and wife;

Pierre Blondin dit Chevalier;

Pierre Favreau dit Lagrandeur, wife remains at Montréal;

Jean-Baptiste Touteau;

Nicolas Rose;

Toussaint Dardenne;

Joseph Guyon Després, wife remains at Montréal;

Pierre Cardinal;

Michel Bissaillon and wife;

Pierre St. Yves;

Jacques Desmoulins dit Philis and wife;

Trudeau

Sources: French Families of the Detroit River Region. Father Christian Denissen Détroit Michigan Census 1710-1830

Archive of France, Paris France Burton Historical Collection, Detroit Public Library, Detroit, Michigan USA

Slavery and Afro-américaine Détroit

Aboriginal and africain slaves were purchased and traded at a major slave market in Montréal

Slave owners in Détroit inclues:

Major Joseph Campau;

George MacDougall;

James Dupèront Bâby;

Abbott and Finchley

Source: Slavery in Détroit. Grardin, J.A.

http://habitantheritage.org/french-canadian_resources/land_and_census_information

http://seekingmichigan.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/compoundobject/collection/p129401coll3/id/668/rec/23

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Familias nativas habían habitado la zona alrededor de Detroit desde hace miles de años antes de los primeros colonos europeos.

Durante los años 1610-1629, Étienne Brûlé fue mandado de Quebec por parte de Samuel de Champlain para investigar la región y sus pueblos.

En el año 1641 los misioneros jesuitas Jean de Brébeuf y Pierre Joseph Marie Chaumont, quedaron una temporada en el pueblo Khioeta. Cambiaron el nombre del pueblo al oriente del rio Detroit a St. Michel. Fueron expulsados el mismo año.

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