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Macomb County, Michigan

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The Ojibwe lived in the area for centuries before European contact, and were preceded by other cultures of ancient indigenous peoples.

The first European explorers were French, and they arrived in the area during the 17th century. Other early settlers were French fur trappers, who sometimes married Ojibwe women, and Jesuit missionaries. A Moravian colony was established in the county in the late 18th century. In addition to the original French and English settlers, later immigrants included Germans, Belgians, and others from Europe. In the 19th century the county received many migrants from New England, who were attracted to the area for land and booming jobs in the lumber and other resource industries.

Macomb County was formally organized on January 15, 1818 as the third county in the Michigan Territory. The county was named in honor of Detroit-born Alexander Macomb, Jr., a highly decorated veteran of the War of 1812 and hero of the Battle of Plattsburg. He was made Commanding General of the U.S. Army in 1828.

Adjacent Counties & Provinces

Cities & Villages

  • Armada
  • Center Line
  • East Pointe (formerly East Detroit)
  • Fraser
  • Gross Pointe Shores (part)
  • Memphis (part)
  • Mount Clemens (County Seat)
  • New Baltimore
  • New Haven
  • Richmond (part)
  • Romeo
  • Roseville
  • St. Clair Shores
  • Sterling Heights
  • Utica
  • Warren

Other Townships & Communities: Anchor Bay Gardens, Anchor Bay Harbor, Anchor Bay Shores, Broad Acres, Bruce, Cady, Chesterfield, Chesterfield Shores, Clifton Mill, Clinton, Davis, Harrison, Lakeside, Lenox, Lottivue, Macomb, Meade, Milton, Mount Vernon, Point Lakeview, Preston Corners, Ray, Ray Center, Saint Clair Haven, Sebille Manor, Shelby, Waldenburg, Washington, Wolcott Mills and Yates

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