By Gary R. Mitchell,Forest Lee Chaney

As early as 1615, Frenchmen settled alongside the St. Clair River within the zone referred to now as Algonac and Clay Township to alternate furs with local americans. regardless of Louis XIV�s decision to construct a colonial empire during this zone, the French �fleur-de-lis� used to be changed by way of the British Union Jack in 1760 after which by way of the yank �Stars and Stripes� in 1783, making it one of many few areas in Michigan to have flown the flags of 3 countries. Following the decline of the fur alternate, 3 significant industries�lumber, boatbuilding, and salt production�provided pioneers with the capacity to accumulate fortunes. by means of the nineteenth century, Algonac and Clay Township had produced forty seven sailboats and 26 steamboats, together with the 221-ton steamer Philo Parsons in 1861; this massive vessel used to be captured through Confederates in 1864 in the course of the Civil conflict. The quarter is usually well-known for Gar Wood�s omit the USA boats and Chris Smith�s Chris-Craft boat company.

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