The next day I continue my exploration of American history at Mackinac Island, Michigan. Once a sacred location to the Native Americans who fished in the plentiful waters surrounding it, Mackinac's strategic location in the straits connecting Lake Huron, Lake Superior and Lake Michigan brought a wide range of people to its shores throughout the years. It was a key outpost for French and Native American fur traders before being taken over by the British, who stubbornly held on to the post until after the War of 1812. American settlers began coming to the island, first to fish, and then to enjoy its cool summers, and by the late 19th century, it was a haven for rich industrialists who built Victorian mansions along its waterfront. And unlike many cities, where modern-day life has buried the past, the history of Mackinac is still interwoven into its everyday life. Airplanes are the only motorized vehicles allowed on the island, so after landing my modern-day machine, I am taken down into town by a horse-drawn taxi, passing old trading post buildings, the British island fort, and still-operational horse stables.