Did you know that the Great Lakes were once the prized fishing grounds of a proud group of people known as the Algonquians? Well, it’s probably wrong to say they were one people. In fact, those who spoke the Algonquian language lived all up and down the East Coast of the United States and extended deep into the Midwest. They were hunters, gatherers, and farmers. One thing they especially prized were good fishing grounds. They shared the water with each other and lived off the waves. Fishing was always a part of helping keep their families fed.
Of course, when the ancient colonial settlers arrived in America, they didn’t quite know where the best spots were. That doesn’t mean they couldn’t recognize one when they saw it, and plenty of English, French and German speaking people eventually found their way around the Great Lakes. Just like it had helped the Algonquians, fishing became an important part of feeding the early Europeans. There were over a hundred species of fish then, so much that the settlers were astonished by the quality of fishing.
American Marine and Motorsports is just part of a long tradition of people that have enjoyed the pleasure of existing along these great waterways, and the people of this area like to fish just as much as our ancestors did. Thankfully, most of us don’t need to worry about making a daily catch to survive, but that doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy some time on the waves. Even the earliest settlers and the Algonquian people enjoyed some downtime, sitting on the lake and enjoying the sun as it drifted to the horizon.
We’re not in the position our ancestors were in, but that doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy some of the same things. Generations to come will still be enjoying time on the lake and telling stories about how their grandparents did the same.