The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Gazette (Detroit, MI), 12 Jan. 1821, page 3

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...Nearly the whole circumference of the islands in the river, and three fourths of the margin of the rivers Detroit and St. Clair can be used in the prosecution of the fishing business. The expense of improving some grounds would, perhaps, be considerable, but the disbursements necessary would, in nine cases out of ten, be repaid by the returns of one season--and when once in a state of repair no further care or labor is necessary--neither logs or stones are deposited on the fishing grounds by the current, nor is its rapidity such as perceptibly to change the channel--where once the seine is drawn with success, the same result may be expected the ensuing year. It may also be remarked, that the success of those who occupy the lowermost fishing grounds on the Detroit river, does not, apparently, diminish that of the occupants of the grounds above, on that river and on the river St. Clair....

An extensive prosecution of the fishing business in this territory will require vast quantities of Salt, and the demand for this important article may ultimately lead to the discovery of salt springs and the establishment of salt works.... We are at present wholly dependent on imports for salt, and thereby suffer a loss to the territory, annually, of three or four thousand dollars.

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Dave Swayze
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Detroit Gazette (Detroit, MI), 12 Jan. 1821, page 3