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Antoine De La Mothe Cadillac built a fort and settled in the area that is now Detroit in the beginning of the eighteenth century. By mid eighteenth century the British took control from the French. In 1763 the British army fought in the Pontiac's Rebellion beating off the Indians. In 1796 Detroit, became part of the United States and for forty two years in the early part of the nineteenth century, Detroit was the territorial and state capital of Michigan.

During the War of 1812, Detroit fell to the British and was recaptured by the United States Gen. William Henry Harrison on year later. Detroit was established as a city in 1815. The city of Detroit is located at a decisive place along the Great Lakes Waterway, eventually Detroit came off as a transportation hub. In the mid nineteenth century, the following industries in Detroit had grown considerably; manufacturing, shipbuilding and shipping. Henry Ford built the companies first automobile factory in 1899 and during the mid twentieth century, Detroit was considered the world's car capital.

The cities crime numbers shot up during the second half of the twentieth century. The numbers have gone down in recent years, but the crime rate is still high. Detroit's murder rate in terms of Gang related acts, is ranked as one of the top in the country. In 1996 a referendum was passed, for the building of three Detroit casinos; Motor City Casino, Greektown Casino and MGM Detroit. The reason for this was to try to redirect the flow of gambling money that was going to Windsor, Ontario. Comerica Park opened in 2000, replaced the famous Tiger stadium as the home of the Detroit Tigers and two years later Ford Field brought the Detroit Lions, a National Football League (NFL) team back into Detroit.

Here are a few demographics for Detroit; As of 2000, 218,341 families were living in the city. 81.55% of the population are African American, 12.26% are white, 4.96% are are Hispanic or Latino, 0.97% are of Asian origin, 0.33% are Native American and 0.03% Pacific Islander. Accommodation facilities such as, Lodges, Inns and hotels are some of the best in the country.

Detroit's tourism industry is flourishing, having been picked as a city to host 2005 All-Star baseball game and the 2006 Super Bowl game. Here are a few hotels you'll be sure to appreciate your stay at; Comfort Inn, Holiday Inn, Marriott Renaissance Center, Residence Inn by Marriott and the Omni River Place. Detroit is the largest city in the state of Michigan with a population of slightly above nine hundred and ten thousand residents, ranking as the 10th largest city in the country as of 2003. Detroit is home to four of the major sports franchises based in the United States; Detroit Lions (National Football League), Detroit Red Wings (National Hockey League), Detroit Tigers (Major League Baseball) and the Detroit Pistons (National Basketball Association). Other sports teams in the city are Detroit Rockers (Major Indoor Soccer League), Detroit Demolition (National Women's Football Association) and the Detroit Shock (Women's National Basketball Association).


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