Mackinac Island sits in Lake Huron, between Michigan’s Upper and Lower peninsulas. Mackinac Island State Park, with trails, woods and the limestone Arch Rock formation, covers most of the island. Founded in 1780, Fort Mackinac is a walled cluster of military buildings on a coastal bluff. Mackinac Island is an island resort area. The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum has local works, including Native American art, maps and 19th-century photos.

The island was home to an Odawa settlement before European exploration began in the 17th century. It was a strategic position when commerce (fur trading) on the Great Lakes was very extreme. This led directly to the establishment of Fort Mackinac on the island by the British during the American Revolutionary War. It was also the site of two big battles during the War of 1812.

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