The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Gazette (Detroit, MI), 14 Feb. 1828, page 2

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New Territory.--...What is the "commercial intercourse" alluded to?--It is merely the bringing down, once a year, the furs collected on the "southern shore of Lake Superior," (estimated by Col. M'Kenney at $23,500) to Mackinac, and sending up an equivalent in goods, provisions, &c. But none of the furs get to a market by way of Green Bay--their route is by Detroit, and we declare without fear of contradiction, that there is absolutely no intercourse between Lake Superior and Green Bay, and none between Mackinac and the Bay, except that caused by the little Indian trade, where Mackinac is in fact only the stopping place, and is important only because it is the depot of the American Fur Company.

That part of the above quotation which relates to the communication between the Saut or Mackinac, and Green Bay and between those places and Detroit, will astonish most of our readers, who know that during the continuance of navigation, the intercourse between Detroit and those two places is constant, and opportunities for communicating with them occur almost weekly; ....

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Detroit Gazette (Detroit, MI), 14 Feb. 1828, page 2