is a village in Emmet and Cheboygan counties in the U. Mackinaw City is at the northern tip (headland) of the Michigan's Lower Peninsula along the southern shore of the Straits of Mackinac.
The predominant historic tribes in this area were three Algonquian peoples, known collectively as the Council of Three Fires: Chippewa (Ojibwe in Canada), Ottawa (Odawa), and Potawatomi at the time of French contact in the 17th century.
These peoples had long frequented the surrounding region, which they called Michilimackinac, to fish, hunt, trade, and worship.
Mackinac Island in the straits appeared to have the shape of a turtle.
The Native Americans here had a creation myth based on the sacred turtle.
The Straits of Mackinac was the center of two routes vital to the fur trade: one to Montreal in the east, by way of Lake Nipissing and the Ottawa River valley; and the other to Detroit in the south via Lakes Huron and St. The first European to pass the site of Mackinaw City was Jean Nicolet, sent out from Quebec City by Samuel Champlain in 1633 to explore and map the western Great Lakes, and to establish new contacts and trading partnerships with the Indian tribes of the region.
His reports resulted in the French government providing funds to send settlers, missionaries, traders, and soldiers to the Great Lakes region.Father Jacques Marquette had established a mission on Mackinac Island in 1671 (which was shortly thereafter moved to St.According to AAA's 2009 Trip Tik requests, Mackinaw City is the most popular tourist city in the state of Michigan.Local attractions include Fort Michilimackinac, the Mackinac Bridge, the Mackinaw Crossings shopping mall, Mill Creek, the Old Mackinac Point Light, the Historic Village, the Mc Gulpin Point Light, and the retired US Coast Guard Icebreaker Mackinaw.The official name of the community is "The Village of Mackinaw City" and as that suggests, it is a village by state law.Mackinaw City is governed by the General Law Village Act, Public Act No. The downtown district and much of the development lie within Mackinaw Township, Cheboygan County, but the larger portion of the village by area is in Wawatam Township, Emmet County, which borders Mackinaw Township to the west.