…the French explorer Jean Nicolet was the first European to travel the Great Lakes.
…the name Michigan is probably from the Ojibwa word michigami meaning “great water.”
...the Great Lakes are relatively young, geologically speaking, around 10,000 years old.
...the state fossil of Michigan -- the petoskey stone (in photo below) -- is a fossilized coral that thrived much earlier. They populated the inland sea that covered much of this region in the Devonian Period over 350 million years ago.