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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Detroit, (search)
Detroit, A city, port of entry, metropolis of Michigan, and county seat of Wayne county; on the Detroit River, 7 miles from Lake St. Clair, and about 18 miles from Lake Erie. It is noted for the variety and extent of its manufactures and for its large traffic on the Great Lakes. For the defence of the harbor and city the federal government is constructing Fort Wayne, a short distance below the city, which is designed to be the Landing of Cadillac. strongest American fortification on the northern frontier. In 1900 the city had an assessed property valuation of $244,371,550, owned unencumbered property of a market value of $21,684,539, and had a net general debt of $3,810,568, and a water debt of $1,033,000. The population in 1890 was 205,876; in 1900, 285,704. Detroit was first settled by Antoine Cadillac, July 24, 1701, with fifty soldiers and fifty artisans and traders. Three years later the first white child, a daughter of Cadillac, was baptized in the place, which was