Hi all! I'm working on the French Canadian by way of Detroit/Windsor area branch of my tree. I'm trying to figure out the designations for place names as the boundaries and sometimes, town names, of this particular location change fairly rapidly from 1700-1900. I'm fairly familiar with place names on the Michigan side of the Detroit River but need some help with the now-Canadian side.
I have the following possibly figured out, but would love any guidance or corrections, including the best way to add these into the Wikitree location bar.
1701 - Detroit established as Fort Pontchartrain
1749 - La Petite Cote established. Name for "Sandwich" prior to 1796. Called "Cote de Misere" due to sandy soil. Also location of the Church of the Hurons mission.
1765 - "Mission des Hurons de la Pointe de Montréal du Détroit," located in the western part of Essex County along the Detroit River, became the parish of "L'Assomption de la Pointe de Montréal du Détroit."
1791 - Upper Canada province formed (til 1841); previously Province of Canada
1792 - Essex County established. Parish became known as "L'Assomption de Sandwich"
1796 - Amherstburg and Sandwich were the first townships established in Essex Cty after the British ceded Detroit (Jay Treaty). Many French settler-descendants moved across the river to Sandwich area when this happened.
1797 - Sandwich was established (after American Revolution)
1803 - some confusing maps including Indiana Territory and Wayne County comprising all of the lower peninsula, and maybe Virginia at some point?
1805 - (til 1837) Detroit is Michigan Territory
1835 - village of Windsor established (became a town in Sandwich Township)
1837 - Michigan becomes a state
1854 - Sandwich South, Sandwich West and Sandwich East created
1858 - Sandwich acknowledged with “town” status
1867 - Dominion of Canada - Ontario established as a province?
1935 - Sandwich annexed by Windsor
Other place names across the Detroit River include River Canard, Lasalle, Tecumseh. Let me know if I am missing anything!