Travelling Around in the North US: Detroit

The USA is such a wide territory that you can explore it and experience different landscapes, different time zones, and different climates. The entire United States area is almost 10 million km2, made up of mountains, grasslands, deserts, but also cities and metropolis.

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When we think about travelling in the US, usually our minds go to the main and more popular cities, such as New York or Washington, but there are so many more places to visit in the United States: it is enough to get out of the normal touristic way of getting information or moving around the cities to know and enjoy a different (and true) American life.    

Detroit and its French Origin

Detroit was, initially, the name of the river that runs along the actual Detroit city. It dates back to 18th century, during the French colonization, and it refers to the fact that this river is like a strait between Huron Lake and Erie Lake. It became an important settlement for fur trading. After a period of English supremacy, Detroit became part of the United States at the end of 1700.

After the Civil War, Detroit was rebuilt according to a very refined architecture and became a strategic city for transportation, industries, and shipyard.

Detroit and its Past as Car Birthplace

At the end of 19th century, Henry Ford built his first car in Detroit and started his industry. Soon Detroit became the capital city of car production. Many people moved to Detroit, either to work in the car or in the weapon’s industry. Most of the immigrants were black and estrange the white people working in there.

The ‘70s oil crisis shook the whole car industry in the USA, Detroit included, which never really recovered from it.

What to See When You Are in Detroit

Detroit Institute of Art
This museum covers the whole human history of art, from the earliest depictions to modern works. The modern art gallery is very rich, with works, for example, by Matisse, Picasso, Warhol, and the frescoes by Diego Rivera on industrial civilization, in Rivera court.

Comerica Park

In Comerica Park baseball is much more than a sport: it is an experience, especially in historic stadiums. Comerica Park is Tigers’ stadium and, with its old-style structure, offers the visitors more than just a match to watch: here you can find the history of baseball and a lot of shops to make your visit just perfect.

The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant

In the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, you can see car industry history: from the earliest models to the modern ones. It is not only cars: here you will also find an area set up to explain the social evolution bound to car industry, like the feminist propaganda car, agriculture equipment, but also everyday life interiors and vintage furniture.

Historic Fort Wayne

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Detroit’s Historic Fort Wayne is a piece of American history. Here you will find 19th century barracks from the Civil War, the Spanish-American War guardhouse and the Museum of the Tuskegee Airmen. Get to know the US through these visits.