John Ball, representing a group of New York land speculators, bypassed Detroit for a better deal in Grand Rapids traveling to the settlement in 1836.
Ball declared the Grand River valley "the promised land, or at least the most promising one for my operations".
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Jackson was originally unimpressed with Meccissininni, though Meccissininni, who often acquired white customs, asked Jackson for a similar suit to the one the president was wearing.
While later wearing his suit that was made similar to Jackson's, Meccissininni also unknowingly imitated Jackson's hat, placing a piece of weed in it, which impressed Jackson since it symbolized mourning the death of his wife.
After a busy day relax in our new Perfect Mix lobby or work out in our contemporary Jump Start fitness center.In 1806, Joseph and his wife Madeline La Framboise, who was Métis, traveled by canoe from Mackinac and established the first trading post in West Michigan in present-day Grand Rapids on the banks of the Grand River, near what is now Ada Township. They likely both spoke Ottawa, Madeline's maternal ancestral language.After the murder of her husband in 1809 while en route to Grand Rapids, Madeline La Framboise carried on the trade business, expanding fur trading posts to the west and north, creating a good reputation among the American Fur Company.At the start of the 19th century, European fur traders (mostly French Canadian and Métis) and missionaries established posts in the area among the Ottawa.
They generally lived in peace, trading European metal and textile goods for fur pelts.
The first permanent European-American settler in the Grand Rapids area was Isaac Mc Coy, a Baptist minister.