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The first Europeans to reach what became Michigan were those of Étienne Brûlé's expedition in 1622.
Cadillac later departed to serve as the French governor of Louisiana from 1710 to 1716.
The Ojibwe were established in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and northern and central Michigan, and also inhabited Ontario and southern Manitoba, Canada; and northern Wisconsin, and northern and north-central Minnesota.
The Ottawa lived primarily south of the Straits of Mackinac in northern, western and southern Michigan, but also in southern Ontario, northern Ohio and eastern Wisconsin.
Britain ceded this territory to the newly independent United States after Britain's defeat in the American Revolutionary War.
The area was part of the larger Northwest Territory until 1800, when western Michigan became part of the Indiana Territory.