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Michigan's Ethnic Heritage

Michigan has a vast and varied ethnic heritage starting with the American Indian. Many European people travelled in groups and settled in different areas in Michigan. They came to start religious communities, for job openings, and due to the lack of land in thier home country.

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Displaced Persons




        • Italians U.P. Many came because of the opportunities that opened up during the iron and copper mining boons.


        • Finnish U.P. Mining and lack of land brought groups of Finns.


        • Cornish To Michigan Mining was their way of life in Cornwall and the mining companies sent recruiters to Cornwall to enlist workers for the mines in the Upper Peninsula.

Native Americans