If you're moving to Detroit, Michigan, it's time to get behind the wheel; the city is known as the automotive capital of the world as it is home to three major car companies, which has helped keep Detroit moving companies busy even as the auto industry has been in a pinch in recent years. Detroit is actually the only major U.S. city that looks south to Canada - a major bridge connects Detroit to Windsor, Ontario. The city is also a major hub for manufacturing and shipping.
Detroit and the surrounding economy are dominated by the auto industry. Three major manufacturers, General Motors, Ford, and Daimler Chrysler all have major plants in or around Detroit. Additionally, many smaller car companies and car-related businesses are situated in the area. This makes Detroit very susceptible to economic changes, which partially explains the more recent difficulties of the city. There are seventeen other Fortune 500 companies in the area including Kmart, Borders, Comerica, and Domino's. Other major industries in the city are advertising, casinos, and computer related businesses.
Detroit can be reached through its international airport, as well as two smaller airports around the city. Major museums in the area include the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Museum of African-American History. Performance centers include Cobo Hall and Fox Theater. Major sports teams include the Detroit Lions (NFL), the Detroit Pistons (NBA), the Detroit Tigers (MLB), and the NHL's Detroit Red Wings, among many other smaller professional and collegiate teams.
Detroit was first a French fur settlement in 1701. By 1760, the British took control of the area. As a result of Jay's Treaty, the area went under American control in 1796. The city was nearly burned down in 1805 by a major fire. And in 1812, the British once again took control of the city, but within a year it was back under American control. The city gained transportation methods in the upcoming years, which propelled its growth. It became a center of manufacturing and shipping during the mid to late 1800's and many immigrants came to the area. Factories continued to increase during the early 20th century and the area was a major military supplier during both World Wars. Major race riots broke out in the city in 1943 and 1967 that forced the National Guard to assist. As Detroit's automotive industry continued to decline in the late 1900's, the population decreased dramatically and many jobs were lost. Coleman Young was the city's first black mayor and served for over twenty years. Today, Detroit continues to struggle over economic and social difficulties.