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Nearly all of the first white settlers who came to Van Buren Township were Frenchmen looking to hunt and trap for the fur trade. Although it may seem obvious, Van Buren Township was named after America’s 8th president Martin Van Buren.
Gibraltar may be small, but its impact in the Downriver community over the years has been huge. The area was first called, "Chenal de la Presque Isle" by early French settlers, which roughly translates into "Channel of the Near Island."
Brownstown was actually around before Michigan was even officially a state. Like many areas in Michigan, Brownstown was apart of the French Province Quebec, and was named after Adam Brown, a young boy who grew up with the Wyandot Indians after being kidnapped around the age of 8.