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Unformatted text preview: Essay 1 It was decided that it was time for Michigan to become a state when thousands of people began moving here in the early 1830s. Although many people were residing in Michigan, the process to become a state was a struggle. In 1832 Steven T. Mason, the boy governor, was appointed to be Michigans territorial secretary. He believed that we had the right to become a state and called for a constitutional convention to meet in May of 1835. In the spring and summer of that year the Toledo War occurred, which was the major issue for Michigan to become a state. The Toledo War was a disagreement with the state of Ohio (which was a politically powerful state) over a piece of land called the Toledo Strip. It was a 500 square mile piece of land that included the mouth of the Maumee River. It was important to Ohio because they planned to connect Toledo with New Orleans through a series of canals and rivers, making it a big city like New York City. The conflict resided in the uncertainty of where the state boundary a big city like New York City....
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