British Landing

Registered Site S0187

British Landing

Here, during the night of July 16-17, 1812, a small force of British regulars and several hundred voyageurs and Indian allies from St. Joseph Island landed. They occupied a height that overlooked Fort Mackinac and demanded its surrender. Lt. Porter Hanks, commander of the American garrison of 57 soldiers, had not known that war had been declared. Realizing that resistance was hopeless and might provoke an Indian massacre, Hanks capitulated without a fight.
photo of British Landing

Erected 1958

Location: British Landing Road at Lakeshore
Mackinac Island, Mackinac County

War of 1812

Latitude: 45.877431165, Longitude: -84.64509174

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