Full disclosure, we are going to have a little more self-indulgence on this episode. I was born and raised in Michigan, and as I boy, I would make my way up to the most northern part of the lower peninsula to Mackinaw Island. This is a typical tourist destination for travelers, as it is next to the bridge that connects the lower and upper peninsulas of Michigan. While most people wanted to gorge themselves on fudge (a familiar stable in the area), I was fascinated by history. On the shores of Lake Michigan, a replicate Fort Michilimackinac had been constructed as a tourist trap. And it did a number on me. I was obsessed with the cannons and the period costumes, and I wanted to know more. If This is something that had I just read about; I would have instantly lost interest. But the interaction with history gave me something tangible to pique my interests. As a boy being selected to lead the King’s men, by an actor in a British uniform, I remember getting to order around these troops and get them to march. This, I realize as I am saying it, is most likely incredibly lame. But at the time, I was interacting with history, and it meant so much to me. So much that when I had children of my own, I made sure to bring my wife and kids to see the fort. My youngest son was fascinated with the “King’s salt,” barrels of salt in the storage at the fort that labeled property of the King. This led to a brief discussion of monarchies and the geopolitical landscape of the 18th century. He grabbed his mother by the hand, walked her to the storage room, and stated, “Look, mom! This is the King’s salt!”
Who would have thought something as mundane as salt would have had such a lasting impression?
2:29 French and Indian War
14:03 Fort Michilimackinac
24:18 Proclamation Line of 1763
30:10 Pontiac's War
37:13 The Stamp Act
French and Indian War
Deadly Lacrosse Game in Mackinac Straits at Fort Michilimackinac in 1763
Proclamation Line of 1763
Ottawa Chief Pontiac’s Rebellion against the British begins
Treaty of Fontainebleau (1762)
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