In late 1760, the English took over this coastal landscape in order to open up trading with the Northwest Territory and the rest of the St. Lawrence waterway. Fort Pontchartrain, today’s Detroit, slowly developed into a bustling seaport, filled with Anglo-Saxon immigrants.
One particular Irish immigrant is still known today for his land holdings of present-day Eagle Pointe. James Abbot was born in Dublin in 1744. After traveling from Ireland to Canada, he migrated to Detroit as a young man in 1768. He worked with various proprietors upon his arrival, created trading businesses among other firms within the Northwest Territory. Abbot eventually opened a family business, James Abbot and Son, in 1780.