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Although native people have lived in the area for thousands of years, the written history of the city of Dearborn begins only in the early 17th century, when the first European explorations were made. The French were the first to claimed the land for themselves, when in 1603 they named it New France. The French remained in control of the area for the next century and a half, when in 1760 the British took over the land.
The first European settlement was established 1791, but the village of Dearborn was not founded until 1836.
The American Revolutionary War ended in 1783 with the signing of the Treaty of Paris, which required the British to sign over the right of Michigan to the Americans. In 1786, the first settlers came to the area that planned on staying permanently.
Over the next century, the town of Dearborn grew in population as more and more settlers moved to the area.
In 1928, as voted by the citizens of three separate townships creating the area, Dearborn was named a city. The first mayor of the city was elected the following year in January.
According to the latest census taken in 2000, the population of Dearborn is nearly 98,000.