People of Detroit

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Joseph Parent

Held lot #37 of the original 68 land grants Cadillac made to private individuals from March 1707 to June 1710. The man for whom Parent's Creek was named.

James Patterson

One of thirty leading Detroit citizens deported by General Proctor for criticizing the General's actions during the War of 1812.

John Patton

Born: 03-01-1822

30th Mayor of the City of Detroit (1858-1859)

Catherine Jeanne (le Moine) Payan

Mother of Charvis, the eighth official commandant of Fort Ponchartrain. Sister of Paul Joseph le Moine, tenth commandant of Fort Ponchartrain.

Pierre Payan, Sieur de Noyan

Father of Charvis, the eighth official commandant of Fort Ponchartrain.

Anne (de Corbarboineau) Pean

Mother of Fort Ponchartrain's seventh commandant, Ives Jacques Hugues Pean, Sieur de Livandiere.

Ives Jacques Hugues Pean, Sieur de Livandiere

Born: 1682
Died: 01-26-1747

Seventh official commandant of Fort Ponchartrain.

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Jean Pierre Pean

Father of Fort Ponchartrain's seventh commandant, Ives Jacques Hugues Pean, Sieur de Livandiere.

Mare Francoise (Pecody) Pean

Wife of Fort Ponchartrain's seventh commandant, Ives Jacques Hugues Pean, Sieur de Livandiere.

Michael Jean Hugues Pean

Son of Ives Pean. Ives Pean is often mistaken for his son, who led a questionable life.

Antoine Pecody

Father-in-law of Fort Ponchartrain's seventh commandant, Ives Jacques Hugues Pean, Sieur de Livandiere.

Jeanne (de St. Ours) Pecody

Mother-in-law of Fort Ponchartrain's seventh commandant, Ives Jacques Hugues Pean, Sieur de Livandiere.

Jacques Peltier

French settler in Detroit.

Pemoussa

Fox (Renard) Chief

Marie Petit

See Marie Clemence Maupetit

Jerome , Comte du Ponchartrain

Minister of Marine

Son of Louis du Ponchartrain. Sometimes credited as Fort Ponchartrain's namesake in his father's place. Succeeded his father as Minister of Marine (1699-1715).

Louis , Comte du Ponchartrain

Minister of Marine

Minister of Marine in 1699, after which he became a chancellor.

Hazen S. Pingree

Mayor

43rd Mayor of Detroit (1890-1897); was elected governor during his term - tried to hold both positions, but the courts ruled against him and he left his mayoral post

Walter C Piper

Walter C. Piper and his real estate business partner Hugo J. Hesse were early settlers of Warren, Michigan. Their company was called Piper-Hesse. Special thanks to Suzette deBeaubien Brown, granddaughter of Hugo J. Hesse, for this information.

Zina Pitcher

Born: 04-14-1797
Died: 04-04-1872

17th and 19th Mayor of the City of Detroit (1840-1841 and 1843-1846)

Pierre Poirier

Held lot #25 of the original 68 land grants Cadillac made to private individuals from March 1707 to June 1710. Was married to Marie Clemence Maupetit (aka Marie Petit).

Edward Pollard

Voted in Detroit's first election in 1768.

Pontiac

Chief

Chippewa chief who first protected (1746), then attacked Fort Ponchartrain (1763).

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John Porteous

Citizen of British Detroit.

Augustus S. Porter

Born: 01-18-1798
Died: 1873

14th Mayor of the City of Detroit (1838)

J.A. Portier

Citizen of British Detroit.

Pierre (Louis?) Antoine Potier

Father

Born: 1708
Died: 1781

Jesuit priest who stayed with the Hurons on Bois Blanc Islands when they were in conflict with the Ottawas at Fort Ponchartrain.

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J. Poupard

Signed a petition supporting the election of Philip Dejean as judge and justice of Detroit.

William Dummer Powell

Served with Patrick Murray on the land board of the District of Hesse (east side of Detroit River). The only Canadan Government-appointed Canadian judge to serve Detroit (1790's).

John Pridgeon, Jr.

Born: 08-01-1852

42nd Mayor of the City of Detroit (1888-1889).

Louis Prigian

Voted in Detroit's first election in 1768.

Israel Putnam

Built the first part of the citadel in 1764.

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Algonquin

General term used to describe Native Americans of the following tribes (and others): Delaware, Fox, Huron, Miami, Ojibwa (Chippewa), Ottawa, Potawatomi, Sac, Shawnee and Winnebago.
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arquebus

A 39 pound (approximate) musket that two men would prop on a tri-pod and fire with a small torch. The arquebus was used by Champlain's men against the Iroquois to defend the Hurons. This may be the cause of decades of Iroquois abuse of the Hurons.
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clay and wattle

Building technique used in the construction of chimneys in the early days of Fort Ponchartrain. The technique involved piling sticks and packing them - inside and out - with clay and mud.
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Colbertism

Name for early French mercantilism in America, which Jean-Baptiste Colbert was influential in developing.
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conges

Trade permits issued by the Canadian government/court of France in the late 1600s to early 1700s.
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coureurs de bois

Very early French inhabitants of the current US and Canada who gave up their farmsteads for lives in the fur trade. They often lived with Native Americans.
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District of Hesse

Land district provisioned by the Canadian Council on July 24, 1788. The area was on the east side of the Detroit River.
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Fox

"Properly ""Mesh-kwa-ki-hug"". Native American tribe living in the area between Saginaw Bay and Thunder Bay at the time Detroit was founded. The French called the tribe Renyard. An allied tribe of the Sacs and Mascoutin."
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Huron

A Native American tribe that built a village near Fort Ponchartrain.
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Iroquoian

General term sometimes used to describe Native Americans of the following tribes: Cayuga, Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, and Seneca.
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Iroquois

"A Native American tribe known for antagonizing and brutalizing the Hurons (see also arquebus)"
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Mascouten

Native American tribe living in the Grand Traverse Bay area at the time Detroit was founded. An allied tribe of the Foxes and Sacs. Also spelled Mascoutin.
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Miami

A Native American tribe that built a village near Fort Ponchartrain.
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Muskhogean

General term used to describe Native Americans of the following tribes: Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, and Creek.
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New York Currency

First standard currency used in Detroit (first used in 1765).
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Ottawa

A Native American tribe that built a village near Fort Ponchartrain.
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Outagamies

Native American tribe living in the Grand Traverse Bay area at the time Detroit was founded. An allied tribe of the Foxes (and Sacs?).
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Plains Indians

General term used to describe Native Americans of the following tribes: Apache, Arapaho, Cheyenne, Comanche, Kiowa, and Pawnee (Pani).
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Potawatomi

A Native American tribe that built a village near Fort Ponchartrain.
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Quebec Act

Act of June 22, 1774, in which British Parliament decides to exercise English law in criminal cases and old French provincial law in civil cases in western settlements. The idea was to discourage people from settling in the west.
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Renyard

See Fox
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ribbon farms

Original land grants given by Cadillac. The lots were typically around 200 feet wide at the river front, with lengths up to 3 miles.
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Sac

See Sauk
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Sakis

See Sauk
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Sauk

Native American tribe living in the area between Saginaw Bay and Thunder Bay at the time Detroit was founded. The French called the tribe Sakis; English and Americans generally call them Sacs. An allied tribe of the Foxes/Renyards and Mascouten.
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Shoshonean

General term used to describe Native Americans of the following tribes: Bannock and Shoshone.
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Treaty of Montreal

Treaty ending the war between the Iroquois and France and England. Negotiations began in July of 1698 and the treaty was signed in August of 1701.
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Treaty of Ryswick

September 20, 1697 treaty ending war between France and England.
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voyageurs

Early French explorers who traveled mainly by water.