Michigan had, and always will have a lot to offer in the sense of farming and fishing. The pioneers were smart to be drawn to Michigan as a means of growing a family and/or business. This was their motivation for moving from their current locations.
Some pioneers were hesitant because they knew they would have to cohabitate with the native Americans. This reluctance really depended on what culture they were from.
Oh, we must not forget about the weather in Michigan, they weren’t prepared for this! The weather made transportation and farming a little trickier than they were used to. Michigan has and will always be known for the unpredictable weather and cold.