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Historian Catherine Cangany Explores Detroit, the Frontier Seaport

Author: Mike Danahey

Catherine Cangany

Notre Dame Historian Catherine Cangany’s first book, Frontier Seaport: Detroit’s Transformation into an Atlantic Entrepôt, posits that 18th-century Detroit—600 miles inland—could be seen as a coastal town. “Detroit was the seaport of the West, located in the heart of the Great Lakes,” said Cangany, assistant professor in the Department of History. “During the 18th century, it functioned in all the ways that a larger Atlantic seaport like Boston or Philadelphia did.” Read More

Maria Rogacheva has been awarded the 2014 Robert C. Tucker/Stephen F. Cohen Dissertation Prize

Author: Jeanette Torok

Maria Rogachevahas been awarded the 2014 Robert C. Tucker/Stephen F. Cohen Dissertation Prize, “for an outstanding English-language doctoral dissertation in Soviet or Post-Soviet politics and history in the tradition practiced by Robert C. Tucker and Stephen F. Cohen, defended at an American or Canadian university.” For more information, see Read More

Recent Faculty Books

Author: Arts and Letters

Frontier Seaport: Detroit's Transformation into an Atlantic Entrepôt


Catherine Cangany

Assistant Professor

Today’s troubles notwithstanding, Detroit has experienced multiple periods of prosperity. In the late 18th century, the city was the center of the thriving fur trade. Its proximity to the West as well as its access to the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River positioned this new metropolis at the intersection of the fur-rich frontier and the Atlantic trade routes. Read More