Living in the Great Lakes State of Michigan, you know our history is born of fresh water. Go back 20,000 years; the retreating ice sheet scraped into shape our beloved lakes. I imagine it wasn't long after that humans dipped their toes and boats into the waters. Earliest Michigan history shows us that travel on and around the Great Lakes was necessary to establish your settlement, and many have settled in Michigan in our history.
Dive deeper into Great Lakes history with fascinating details about the waters and some stories of humans who braved them.