1850 Sequel of the Tradition of the Savages
Excerpt from Voyage from Detroit to Michillimackinae 1721
Lake Superior Journal 1820
The Savages add, that when Michabou made the Upper Lake, he dwelt at Michillimackinac, where he was born; this Name is properly that of a little island, almost round, and very high, situated at the extremity of Lake Huron, and by custom it has given its name to all the neighboring country. The island may be about three or four miles round, and one may see it at the distance of twelve leagues. There are two islands to the south of it, the farthest of which is five or six leagues long, the other is very small, and quite round. They are both well wooded, and the lands are good; whereas that of Michillimackinac is only a barren rock, and scarely covered with a little moss and herbs. It is nevertheless one of the most celebrated places of Canada and was a long time, according to the ancient traditions of the savages, the chief abode of a nation of the same name, and of which they reclosed thirty villages in the environs of the island. They say, that the Iroquois destroyed them, but they do not say at what time, nor on what occasion. This is certain that there are no marks of them remaining. I have somewhere read, that our old missionaries have seen some remains of these people.