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Fighting Island

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Location  Detroit River
Territory  Ontario
City  La Salle
Elevation  174 m
Province  Ontario
Highest elevation  174 m (571 ft)
County  Essex
Population  1 (permanent)
Area  6.06 km²
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Similar  Detroit River, Grassy Island, Bois Blanc Island, Peche Island, Detroit River Internatio

Fighting island fishing may 2015


Fighting Island is a 1,500-acre (6.1 km2) island in the Detroit River, and is the largest Canadian island in the river. It is part of the town of LaSalle, Ontario, Canada, opposite Wyandotte, Michigan and downriver from Detroit, Michigan and Windsor, Ontario.

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Map of Fighting Island, LaSalle, ON, Canada

HistoryEdit

Originally populated by indigenous peoples, it was settled by the French during the 18th century, and has had numerous owners since then. The island took its name from the Indian artifacts that were first spotted on the island in 1810.

The island was the site of a brief skirmish on February 24 and 25, 1838, during the Battle of Windsor, part of the Patriot War.

In 1918, the land was bought by John B. Ford of the Michigan Alkali Company and was used as a location to deposit waste from their industrial plants which produced soda ash, lye and baking soda. Nearly 20,000,000 cubic yards (15,000,000 m3) of high pH waste was dumped on the island during its industrial history. Michigan Alkali Company became Wyandotte Chemicals Corporation, which was subsequently bought by BASF, who are the current owners of the island. A current programme running on the island is used to teach elementary/secondary schools about biology and ecology.

References

Fighting Island Wikipedia


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