What Is the Capital of Michigan?


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The capital of the state of Michigan is Lansing. In 1847, the state legislature determined that the capital be moved from Detroit to an inland location in order to protect against attack from British forces occupying Canadian soil.

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The settlement of Lansing Township had fewer than 20 residents when the state capital was relocated in 1847, but it experienced rapid growth thereafter. When the city was incorporated in 1859, it had a population close to 3,000 and was home to the Michigan Agricultural College and the Michigan Female College, which eventually merged to become Michigan State University. With the founding of the Olds Motor Vehicle Company in 1897, Lansing also emerged as a prominent center of automotive manufacturing.

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