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Detroit Turns 309

If you didn't know, this weekend marks Detroit's birthday. We're officially 309 years young.

On this date in 1701, Frenchman Antoine Laumet de la Mothe Cadillac made his way to the place he would call Fort Pontchartrain du Detroit, the settlement that would one day be our city. Like many French settlers of his day, Caddy dreamed of "European-izing" the Native Americans (who were here first, of course); making a killing off of trade; and curtailing British expansion. He figured le detroit du Lac Erie (French for "the strait of Lake Erie"), a piece of land situated by the river, would provide an ideal location for travel and defense. So he set sail from Canada in early June and arrived here more than a month later. On July 24, he and his party ventured into what's now modern-day Detroit and soon began establishing a settlement, building their first structure, Ste. Anne's Catholic Church, near what we now know as Jefferson Ave. and Griswold Street.

There's still no word on how long it took them to hit to Eight Mile Road.

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    HAPPY BIRTHDAY............DETROIT !!! 309 WOW !

    This is where I was born and I really love my city.
    No matter where I go or who I meet, they know I am from Detroit, Michigan.
    Yes, I am aware of the shock from some. I say Detroit with PRIDE. I have defended this city from any and all derogatory remarks made in my pressence.
    Right now, she may be down but don't count Detroit totally out. This city has come back from a lot of troubles in the passed. We will be back this time. A new and exciting Detroit. Different and delightful and taking charge in the business world.
    Bing and Bobb and our ex-police chief are not responsible for the condition of this city. Neither can they can bring her back alone. All Detroiters young and old need to work together for this to happen. Drugs and thugs.......GET OUT !!! THIS IS OUR CITY and we are taking it back. .
    Surely, we can agree on things for the good of the city.
    I don't like or agree with a lot of the proposed changes. We need to meet at a reasonable place and move forward from there.
    In the meantime.......


    Here's to another 309 years.

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