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In December of 1778, during the Revolutionary War, General George Washington was Commander in Chief of the colonial army. He ordered a large number of troops into the Genesee Valley to destroy the lands of the Iroquois Indians because great deals of them were assisting the British. Most of the Indians wanted to remain neutral in the conflict, but the British wooed many of them with lavish gifts. These Indians assisted the British both by manpower, and by using their farms to supply food to the British army. Upon the completion of this successful mission many of the soldiers who served returned to their homes spreading stories about the lush Genesee valley, the waterfalls of the Genesee River, and the monstrous crops they had seen (and destroyed to keep food from the British).
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