The Indians were the original inhabitants of the North America and the Great Lakes Region. They were inhabited here tens of thousands of years before the arrival of immigrants from Europe and the Far East. By the 16th century, the indigenous population evolved through various cultures and tribes, and the most famous tribes were Chippewa, Fox, Huron, Iroquois, Ottawa, Potawatomi and Sioux. The original population in the United States is called the Indians, and in Canada, these tribes are called the First Nation. The name Indians originates with some from the Spanish word “In Dios” – children of God. Others believe that the name comes from
the belief of Christopher Columbus, who, when he arrived at San Salvador in 1492, called the tribes the Indians, thinking that he had arrived near the coast of Asia (West India).
The first inhabitants of the Great Lakes arrived about 10,000 years ago via a land bridge from Asia. 6,000 years ago, the descendants of the first settlers used copper from the southern shores of Lake Superior, and established constant hunting and fishing across the Great Lakes. From Europeans the Great Lakes were first discovered and partially explored by the French in the 17th century.