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Radisson

Company of the Colony representative sent with Arnault to take over Fort Ponchartrain.

James Rankin

Settler of British Detroit.

Richard Reading

Mayor

60th Mayor of the City of Detroit (1938-1940).

Hyacinthe(?) Reaume

Voted in Detroit's first election in 1768.

Marie Reaume

Died: 03-23-1795

Wife of Jehu Hay.

Charles Regnault (Renaud?), Sieur du Buisson

Replaced Cadillac as commandant of Fort Ponchartrain (1710). Stark says it was Joseph Guyon, Sieur du Buisson.

Duncan Reid

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

Rencontre

Held lot #31 of the original 68 land grants Cadillac made to private individuals from March 1707 to June 1710.

Jean Richard

Held lot #10 of the original 68 land grants Cadillac made to private individuals from March 1707 to June 1710.

H.H. Richardson

Artist of the Bagley Memorial Fountain

Richelieu

Cardinal

Reorganized Canada in 1627, closing it to all but Catholics

Richelieu

Cardinal

Reorganized Canada making it closed to all but Catholics (1627).

William Rickert

Mayor

44th Mayor of Detroit (1897).

Joseph Rinaud

Held lot #67 of the original 68 land grants Cadillac made to private individuals from March 1707 to June 1710.

Augusto Rivalto

Sculptor of Detroit's Christopher Columbus monument

Pierre Robert

Held lot #62 of the original 68 land grants Cadillac made to private individuals from March 1707 to June 1710.

William Robertson

Served with Patrick Murray on the land board of the District of Hesse (east side of Detroit River). This may or may not be W. Robertson, one of thirty leading Detroit citizens deported by General Proctor for criticizing the General's actions during the War of 1812.

John Robinson

Active citizen in British Detroit in the late 1760's. Voted in Detroit's first election in 1768.

John Roche

Second husband of Elizabeth Browne.

James Rogers

Early settler of of Dunbarton, New Hampshire. Originally from Ireland. Father of Major Robert Rogers.

Robert Rogers

Major

Born: 1727
Died: 1800

Took command of Fort Ponchartrain for the British (11/29/1760). Leader of "Rogers' Rangers". Known as the "New England Ranger". There are many sources of information available regarding Major Rogers. Very old Detroit history books say he was born in 1727. Wikipedia and other sources say he was born in 1731. Who is right I don't know. Here are some sources: Spycurious, Project Gutenberg, Google Books, Wikipedia.

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James Rouget

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

Pierre Roy

Held lot #51 of the original 68 land grants Cadillac made to private individuals from March 1707 to June 1710.

William Russell

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

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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.