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Les Compagnies du Détroit

Dedicated to the French and Indian War 1754-1760


Where the past is alive


Welcome to Les Compagnies du Détroit or "Detroit Marines." Thank you for your interest in our group. We are a volunteer living history interpretation organization presenting the people and life of 1750's Detroit, New France. The military of Fort Ponchartrain at Detroit administered much of present day Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, and the near parts of Ontario. We portray colonial soldiers (marine infantry, artillery and militia), fur traders, farmers, craftsmen, voyageurs, Native Americans, and families of this frontier. Les Compagnies participates in programs of military and civilian life, battle re-enactments, period crafts, target shooting, and other historical programs throughout the near Midwest and surrounding areas.

The "Detroit Marines" was founded in 1979. In 1987, La Compagnie Franche de la Marine du Detroit was honored by being recognized by Monseigneur Le Comte de Paris.

Company members, published La Marine, The French Soldier in Canada 1745-1761, in 1992. Also, the company's ranks have artisans who can reproduce high quality historical artifacts including, clothing, firearms, furniture, and leather goods.

While we are organized to have a lot of fun, Les Compagnies are serious about quality, presentation and safety. Informal business meetings are held at events, when required. The Marine Capitaine is the overall unit commander.

Mission: To preserve and Interpret French Colonial history in North America


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