Historical Overview

  • 1701: Antoine de Lamothe Cadillac, with his lieutenant Alphonse de Tonty and a company of 100 men, establishes a trading post on the Detroit River under orders from the French King Louis XIV. They named it Fort Pontchartrain du D├ętroit, in homage to the Count of Pontchartrain, the Royal Minister of Marine.
  • 1703: Fort Ponchartrain is partially burned in a fire set by an unknown arsonist. Thus begins the long history of Detroit burning to the ground. This history is the cause of the Kindred population most often representing those Gangrels who choose to live on the frontiers of Kindred inhabitable locales.
  • 1707 – 1710: 68 individual land lots are granted to private citizens by Cadillac in and around Fort Ponchartrain.
  • 1746: Chief Mackinac leads a group of Chippewas in an attack on Fort Ponchartrain. The attack is halted by Chief Pontiac, of the Ottawas, who drives the Chippewas away.
  • 1760: Major Robert Rogers and a group of his Rogers’ Rangers take formal command of Fort Detroit in the name of Great Britain after the French defeat in the French and Indian War.
  • 1763: Chief Pontiac besieges Detroit during Pontiac’s Rebellion.
  • 1775: Detroit is annexed to Quebec.
  • 1775: The Revolutionary War begins with the Battle of Lexington.
  • 1796: American forces take over command of Detroit thirteen years after it was assigned by treaty to the United States at the end of the American Revolutionary War.
  • 1802: Detroit is first incorporated as a town. Detroit holds its first election. The Government was administered by a five-person board of trustees and there was no office of mayor.
  • 1805: A fire begins in John Harvey’s barn. All but one of the town’s 300 buildings are destroyed. The city’s motto, Speramus meliora; resurget cineribus (“We hope for better things, it will rise from the ashes”) dates from this event.
  • 1806: The territorial government passed an act incorporating the new city of Detroit. The governor appointed Solomon Sibley as mayor. Shortly afterward, Sibley resigned and Elijah Brush was appointed in his stead. The mayor was appointed by the governor and, under the act of incorporation, was able to disapprove legislation passed by the popularly elected council without any recourse for overriding the mayor. Because of this, many felt that the real aim of the governor in incorporating the city was to remove the popularly elected town officers and exert a more direct influence over governance of the city.
  • 1807: Prince Richard DeLay immigrates to Detroit from Quebec and extends praxis over the newly incorporated city of Detroit beginning his century long rule over the city.
  • 1809: The territorial governing council repeals the 1806 incorporation of the city.
  • 1815: The territorial governing council enacts the charter for the City of Detroit to be governed by a five-person board of trustees.
  • 1815: A Circle of the Crone insurrection is put down violently by Prince DeLay’s hounds. The Crone never regains this level of prominence.
  • 1824: The newly formed territorial legislature reorganizes city government, creating the Common Council and office of mayor.
  • 1829: The Oakland Chronicle is moved to Detroit. The newspaper later merges with another to become the Detroit Gazette and the the Democratic Free Press — a precursor to the Detroit Free Press.
  • 1863: The Detroit Race Riot was the city’s first such incident. At the time, it was reported as “the bloodiest day that ever dawned upon Detroit.” The casualties of the day included at least two people dead, a multitude of others injured, mostly African-American, 35 buildings were burned to the ground, and a number of other buildings were damaged by fire.
  • 1863: While most of Detroit’s Kindred hide out for the duration of the Detroit Race Riot Annie Simon abandons her sire and his backing of Prince DeLay to join a small cult of the Crone.
  • 1877: Detroit College (now the University of Detroit Mercy) is founded by the Society of Jesus. The Ordo Dracul is founded in Detroit by John Walker upon his return from Scotland.
  • 1903: Ford Motor Company is founded by Henry Ford in Detroit.
  • 1903: The Carthian Movement arrives on the shores of Lake Erie.
  • 1930’s: Union organization increases dramatically, particularly of note is the rise of the United Auto Workers.
  • 1938: This shift from management to labor is reflected in Kindred society when following the disappearance of Prince Richard DeLay (Invictus), Norman Kovar declares himself heir to the throne, establishing Praxis over Detroit and Windsor unopposed by Roderick V. Nelson he seizes power in a bloodless coup. Though Calvin Leone claims Regency of Windsor, Prince Kovar is quick to acknowledge the regency of Duke Leone.
  • 1943: Racial tensions led to a riot that killed 25 blacks and 9 whites over 36 hours, federal troops finally restore calm.
  • 1942-1945: Production of commercial automobiles in the city ceases entirely, as its factories were used instead to construct M5 tanks, jeeps, and B-24 bombers for the Allies. The city gains the nickname “The Arsenal of Democracy.”
  • 1950: Detroit’s population reaches its height at 1.85 million.
  • 1967: On July 23, the 12th Street Riot, one of the worst riots in United States history, begins on 12th Street in the predominantly African American inner city (43 killed, 342 injured and 1,400 buildings burned). Several prominent Carthians are consumed in the blaze but Norman Kovar maintains praxis.
  • 1996: Michigan votes to allow the operation of three casinos in Detroit.
  • 2001: The Quarantine begins. Detroit’s Kindred receive a missive from outside the city. An envelop filled with ashes and the id of one of the Kindred who had left the city the night before. No one knows who sent the message, but no one who has left with the claim they’ll come back and prove its a hoax has ever been heard from again.
  • Present: Detroit’s population decline beginning the 1950’s has lead to a shortage of good hunting grounds. The Kindred of Detroit are suffering of overcrowding and famine.

Historical Overview

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