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This year marks the bicentennial of the War of 1812, a war that had its first skirmish on Mackinac Island when British soldiers surprised and captured the American outpost on July 17, 1812. For the next two years, American forces struggled to regain control of the Great Lakes and Mackinac Island.
Commemorate the capture of Fort Mackinac, for more details, visit: www.mackinacparks.com or call 906. 847.3328.
Mackinac Island is in the Straits of Mackinac east of the Mackinac Bridge, about two hours north of Traverse City. Accessible by ferry, airplane or via the ice bridge in winter.