The word "ecorces" is the French word for bark and the French translation of La Riviere aux Ecorces is "the river of bark." The name is derived from the fact that Huron Indians buried their chiefs near the sandbanks of this stream after wrapping the bodies in the bark of the birch trees. Detroit is the French word for strait, and the Detroit River is the strait connecting Lake Huron to Lake Erie.
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