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Island in the Straits of Mackinac, southeastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan, U.S. It is 3 mi (5 km) long. It was an ancient Indian burial ground called Michilimackinac when the British built a fort there in 1780. After the U.S. took possession in 1783, it became the headquarters of the American Fur Co. Occupied by the British during the War of 1812, the island returned to U.S. control in 1815. It has been a state park since 1895; automobiles are banned from the island. A popular tourist destination, the island is home to the Grand Hotel (1887), the world's largest summer hotel.
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