West to far Michigan: settling the Lower Peninsula, 1815-1860
West to Far Michigan is a study of the Lower Peninsula's occupation by agriculturalists, whose presence forever transformed the land and helped create the modern state of Michigan. The author's use of numerous primary sources reveals how individual triumphs, as well as setbacks, merged into a larger story chronicling the transformation of a cultural landscape.
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