Today is the bicentennial of the surrender of Detroit

Presently a shell whizzed past him, taking with it the pipe from his mouth. He was unharmed, but was so indignant at the unceremonious treatment and the loss of his pipe that he seized his musket and … fired at the battery of the enemy until his ammunition was exhausted.

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July 24, 1701: Cadillac lands

The story of Detroit begins on July 24, 1701, when an argumentative French fugitive shores his canoe on the banks of the strait and founds a city for the glory of King Louis XIV.

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Fall in love with Corrado Parducci, Detroit’s designer extraordinaire

Corrado Parducci designed much more than architectural ornamentation — he also painted intricate designs on the walls of his home, wove tapestries, carved wooden busts of his children, and designed hub caps and bumpers for cars. A guest post about Detroit’s most prolific designer from the maker of a new documentary.

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Detroit and the War of 1812

Four reasons to celebrate Detroit’s role in the War of 1812. We’ll talk more at Drunk History on Thursday, 6/21.

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Fish week*: Palmer’s carp

“Some of the blamed things have grown until they are as long as your arm, and they wallow about on the bottom like a lot of hogs until the water is ruined in appearance.”

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Happy birthday to this guy

Celebrating General Friend Palmer’s birthday with “whiskey in the gentlemen’s dressing room, and champagne in the supper room.”

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One reason we might be called “Wolverines”

Why are we called “Wolverines”? You’ve heard the stories about the Toledo War and greedy land-grabbing settlers. Here’s one more idea, from an old tavern in Dearborn.

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PANORAMA! Gigantic paintings in Detroit, Part 1

Starting around 1850, Detroiters could pop into Old City Hall or the Firemen’s Hall and, for 25 cents or so, see the latest “greatest painting ever made” — sweeping views of overland route to California, the funeral of Napoleon, Bible scenes, the life of George Washington.

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Meditations on a Boat Club

The Detroit Boat Club, founded in 1839, is the oldest in the country. Its home on Belle Isle is crumbling, compelling, and calls home centuries of water sport.

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