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Detroit (city, Michigan), city in southeastern Michigan and seat of Wayne County. Detroit, the largest city in the state, is one of the nation's leading industrial centers and the world's foremost automobile manufacturing center. The automobile industry gave Detroit its nickname, The Motor City. Its official name, Detroit, comes from a French word that means "the narrow place." The city is located at the narrowest point of the channel connecting the upper and lower regions of the vast Great Lakes water system. This strategic location greatly aided the city's economic growth, as it became a major port of the Great Lakes industrial basin, linked to global markets in Europe and Asia.
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