Isle Royale is a large rocky island on the north side of Lake Superior, one of the landmarks defining the boundary in the treaty ending the War of the American Revolution in 1783. Domestic politics in the 1830s made Isle Royale part of Michigan rather than either Wisconsin or Minnesota. The island figured in the fur trade in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and there was the hope that it would become a rich mining area. By the end of the nineteenth century, commercial fishing was the island's major economic activity. However, the extensive ship traffic on Lake Superior opened this remote island to tourism from the cities of Detroit, Chicago, and Duluth. The stark beauty of the rocky...

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