Copper mining has had a huge impact on Michigan throughout history. Copper mining has had such an impact that the Upper Peninsula of Michigan has a region referred to as “The Copper Country” because of its involvement in the copper-mining industry. The copper-mining industry has also led to technological developments necessary for hoisting and drilling as well as the development of towns and cities in the Keweenaw. In addition, it led to the creation of many potential jobs for residents of the towns that were developed to support these mines.
One of the first attempts to locate and mine this copper was back in 1771 when the first mining expedition was organized. English miners were sent to the New World to locate and mine the copper heard
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The cooperation between the copper-mining industry in the Keweenaw and the business professionals in Boston had a positive impact in America’s expanding economy, although it had a rocky start. David Henshaw of Boston, who was the Secretary of the Navy at the time, was one of the first people to buy permits to mine in the Keweenaw. In 1844, he and his associates organized the Lake Superior Copper Company. Dr. Charles Jackson, the manager of this company, had declared an estimation of the copper to be valued at $3,000 per ton of rock which increased enthusiasm for mining copper. The Superior Copper Company had declared that the amount of ore was plentiful and would be very profitable. Unfortunately, the profit did not make up for the amount of money invested. This changed when another company, Pittsburg and Boston, had made the decision to systematically mine a small vein near Eagle River. This vein was known as the Cliff and was the first in the world to mine native copper as its primary product. Edwin Hulbert, a civil engineer, had come to the Copper Country with a contract to survey a road from Copper Harbor to Portage Lake. After discovering that there was copper in this particular area in 1859, he made an attempt to buy the land. He had failed to purchase the land but later succeeded in buying land further north, and Boston men once again had 75 percent interest in the land so that he could get enough capital to