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By Larry Lankton

Spanning the years 1840-1875, past the limits makes a speciality of the payment of higher Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula, telling the tale of reluctant pioneers who tried to set up a good degree of convenience, keep watch over, and safeguard in what used to be in lots of methods a opposed setting. relocating past the technological heritage of the interval present in his earlier ebook Cradle to the Grave: lifestyles, paintings, and dying on the Lake enhanced Copper Mines (OUP 1991), Lankton the following makes a speciality of the folk of this quarter and the way the copper mining affected their day-by-day lives.A really nice social historical past, past the limits will attract historians of the frontier and of Michigan and the good Lakes sector, in addition to historians of know-how, hard work, and way of life.

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George Cannon, so very new to these parts, initially feared the Ojibwa but soon realized they posed no threat. As he and his partners hiked up streams and rivers in search of valuable mineral deposits, their biggest enemy in the northern woods was no man, but the ubiquitous blackfly. Swarming insects, thick underbrush, fallen trees, steep ascents, strong May—June currents, and waterfalls made Cannon's exploratory hikes very damp and difficult adventures. Heading up the river valleys, the men fought for every mile of penetration.

They took a big lake boat from Detroit to Sault Ste. Marie, where the rapids forced a portage, a delay, and a reboarding, often onto a much smaller vessel, guided, sailed, or rowed by voyageurs. Once at the Keweenaw, travelers found many good natural harbors along the coast, but few navigable water routes leading into the hinterland toward the mineral range. So they left the water and took to land, where hills, forests, thickets, and swamps all conspired to slow forward progress to a crawl. Charles Whittlesey got to the Keweenaw even before George Cannon.

27 Mosquitoes, blackflies, and other insects often feasted on people, covering flesh with itchy and swelling sores that pioneers did not suffer lightly. Swarming, buzzing insects exacted a psychological toll, too, as they launched constant, unrelenting attacks, especially on heads and faces, where they got in eyes, nose, ears, mouth, and hair. Early settlers discovered that they could run, but could not always hide, from insect pests. Horace Greeley, after his very first visit to the Keweenaw in 1847, paid the local pests their due.

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