Delayed by the Toledo War and congress’ opposition to an unauthorized government, President Andrew Jackson finally signed the bill admitting Michigan to statehood on January 26, 1837. The Erie Canal offered convenience of water travel for settlers to the new state. By 1859, farm families had settled the southern counties, and in the north settlements were around fishing ports, sawmills and mines.
The Mitten and Michigan History for Kids (MHK) are supplemental reading materials to help develop a deeper understanding of concepts within this unit. Michigan History for Kids is appropriate for a 3rd grade level, and The Mitten is appropriate for a 4th grade level.