By Russell M. Magnaghi
The colonial French served as explorers, infantrymen, missionaries, fur investors, and colonists. Later, French monks and nuns have been influential in selling Catholicism within the nation and in constructing faculties and hospitals. Father Gabriel Richard fled the violence of the French Revolution and have become a in demand and influential citizen of the kingdom as a U.S. Congressman and one of many founders of the college of Michigan. French observers of Michigan lifestyles incorporated Alexis de Tocqueville. French marketers opened copper mines and quite a few service-oriented companies. Louis Fasquelle turned the 1st foreign-language teacher on the collage of Michigan, and François A. Artault brought images to the higher Peninsula. As pioneers of the early motor vehicle, the French made an important contribution to the language utilized in car manufacturing.