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Identifier: historicalgeogra00inpark
Title: The historical geography of Detroit
Year: 1918 (1910s)
Authors: Parkins, A. E. (Almon Ernest), 1879-1940 cn
Subjects: Anthropo-geography
Publisher: Lansing, Michigan Historical Commission
Contributing Library: Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center
Digitizing Sponsor: Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center

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cheap lands of Michigan and the ease andcheapness of transportation brought an influx of set-tlers that completely changed the aspect of things andmade Southern ^Michigan a part of Greater NewEngland. Ever>^ addition to the population of South-em Michigan had its effect in swelling the size andincreasing the importance of the growing metropoHson the eastern border. In 1820 the American frontier (density six to eight-een persons per square mile) bordered the southernshores of Lake Ontario and Lake Erie as far west as8. Ibid., XXXVIII, 543 (FuUer). CENTURY OF GROWTH 175 Cleveland, and thence followed an irregular line to-ward the mouth of the Missouri River. An area ofsimilar density was located in southeastern Michigan^with the nucleus at Detroit. Connecting the Detroitsettlement and the settlements in Ohio was a thinlysettled area (two to six persons per square mile)bordering Lake Erie. By 1830 the frontier had en-veloped the settlements in southeastern Michigan.^ IQ20 C3J2 = <

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Distribution of Population in the Lakes Region in 182C{Fro}n Statistical Atlas, Ninth Census, AJV.) Behind the economic conditions and the improve-ments in transportation already noted, another factor,inherent in the habits of the people, was very impor-tant in furthering emigration. Nothing, says DanielBlowe in 1820,^° has tended so much towards therapid progress of the Western Country as the strong 9. Twelfth Censtis, Statistical Atlas, Population Maps of 1820 and 1830.10. Blowe, Emigrants Directory, 63. J/.: • ,-fT r 176 HISTORICAL GEOGRAPHY OF DETROIT disposition to emigration the Americans them-selves. Even when doing well in the southern oreastern States they will break up their establishmentsand move westward with an alacrity and vigor noother people would do unless compelled by necessity.. . . In this way it is that the Western States haveadvanced in popiilation and prosperity with rapidityunparalled in the history of mankind. In 1825, the year of the opening of the

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