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More than 80 percent of the island is preserved as Mackinac Island State Park.Like many historic places in the Great Lakes region, Mackinac Island's name derives from a Native American language. For the city of the same name, see Mackinac Island, Michigan.For the state park, see Mackinac Island State Park.Only two of the local natives escaped by hiding in one of the natural caves at the island. published his history, entitled Mackinac formerly Michilimackinac, describing some of the first recorded presence on Mackinac of French traders.To commemorate the losses of this allied tribe, the Ottawa named what is now Mackinac Island, as "Mi-shi-ne-macki-nong." In 1895 Fort Mackinac's John R. They arrived in 1654 with a large party of Huron and Ottawa heading to Three Rivers; another visitor was an adventurer making a canoe voyage in 1665.
This led to the establishment of Fort Mackinac on the island by the British during the American Revolutionary War.
The island is a sacred place in the tradition of some of its earliest known inhabitants, the Anishinaabe, who consider it to be home to the Gitche Manitou, or the "Great Spirit".
According to legend, Mackinac Island was created by the Great Hare, Michabou and was the first land to appear after the recession of the Great Flood.
its fisheries, its phenomena of wind and tide, and the tribes who, now and in the past, have made it their abode.
A favorite resort for all the Algonkin tribes, many are returning to it since the peace with the Iroquois.
Native Americans in the Straits of Mackinac region likened the shape of the island to that of a turtle so they named it "Mitchimakinak" (Ojibwe: Michillimackinac is also spelled as Mishinimakinago, Mǐshǐma‛kǐnung, Mi-shi-ne-macki naw-go, Missilimakinak, Teiodondoraghie.