It has been so long since we last had a new episode! But we're finally here again!
So let's talk Michigan. Here's midwestern populations using current boundaries:
So Michigan's growth is a lot slower until 1830, has a sudden acceleration, then slows down again, until growth picks up again in the 1860s. We describe factors driving that in the episode.
Here's our estimate of annual migration:
So you can see the big bump up in migration in the 1830s. And you can see Michigan's disproportionate commitment to Unionism in the early 1860s. So again, this is about what we talked about in the episode.
Now, we talked a lot about the Mitchell Map. What does it look like?
You can find it here. Here's zoomed in on Michigan:
See the shark? Lansing is the eyeball.
But notice how the southern tip of Michigan is about even with the north shore of Erie.
Here's Google Maps:
So yeah. Biiiiiig difference.
And here's a map of the Toledo Strip that was being disputed:
You may want data about Detroit! We talked about it a lot. Here's what we think Detroit's population looked like:
It's really kind of sad. They keep growing, almost hitting scale, then they shrink. Then grow, the shrink. Then when they finally make it, BAM they are at scale basically immediately.
I think that's about all we promised ya for this episode... and don't worry, Wisconsin will not take as long!