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Ethnic Michigan

Michigan has a rich history of ethnic diversity. Early European explorers were met by the most populous Native American tribes of the Ottawa, Potawatomi, and the Ojibwa (or Chippewa) people. Later, in the 17th century, the French voyageurs explored and settled in Michigan. These included Etienne Brule, Jacques Marquette, and Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, the founder of the city of Detroit. However, over time large populations of various European, Middle Eastern, and Asian ethnicities have emigrated to our state. Find out more about the people who have contributed to Michigan's growth and culture.

Arab Americans in Metro Detroit: a pictorial history by Anan Ameri ; Yvonne Lockwood

Arab Americans in Michigan by Rosina J. Hassoun

Chaldeans in Michigan by Mary C. Sengstock

Cornish in Michigan by Russell M. Magnaghi

Detroit's Mexicantown by Maria Elena Rodriguez

Detroit's Polonia by Cecile Wendt Jensen

French Canadians in Michigan by John P. DuLong

The French Canadians of Michigan: their contribution to the development of the Saginaw Valley and the Keweenaw Peninsula, 1840-1914 by Jean Lamarre

A glimpse of Irish Detroit: through the eyes of the Gaelic League: a picture history: 1920-2000 by Michael W. Kerwin & Kathleen Dewan O'Neill

History of the Finns in Michigan by Armas K.E. Holmio ; translated by Ellen M. Ryynanen

Hungarians in Michigan by Éva V. Huseby-Darvas

Irish in Michigan by Seamus P. Metress and Eileen K. Metress

Italians in Detroit by Armando Delicato

The Jewish community of metro Detroit: 1945-2005 by Barry Stiefel

Jewish life in the industrial promised land, 1855-2005 by Nora Faires and Nancy Hanflik

The Jews of Detroit: from the beginning, 1762-1914 by Robert A. Rockaway

Kah-wam-da-meh: (we see each other) by Jean Frazier

Latinos in Michigan by David A. Badillo

Latvians in Michigan by Silvija D. Meija

Mexicans and Mexican Americans in Michigan by Rudolph Valier Alvarado and Sonya Yvette Alvarado

Rites of conquest: the history and culture of Michigan's Native Americans by Charles E. Cleland

Scandinavians in Michigan by Jeffrey W. Hancks

South Slavs in Michigan by Daniel Cetinich

Ukrainians of Metropolitan Detroit by Nancy Karen Wichar