October 26, 2006

Washington chopped down cherry trees

Exhibit uncovers Ithaca’s pastIt’s a little known fact that George Washington chopped down more than one cherry tree, according to Jack Rossen, associate professor and chair of the anthropology department.

In 1779, General John Sullivan was ordered by Washington to destroy the Hodenosaunee, or Iroquois, for their loyalty to the British. The campaign destroyed 43 communities, including Peachtown, a Cayuga Indian village located 30 miles north of Ithaca, known for its 1,500 peach, apple and cherry trees.
For more on Washington's dealings with Indians, see Fun Fourth of July Facts.

1 comment:

writerfella said...

Writerfella here --
In a way, what happened to the Natives was analogous to what became of the huge eastern forests in that part of the continent now called the Atlantic United States. Nature worked for thousands of years to build those massively thick stands, only to see the trees and the Natives who lived among them swept away and destroyed in the Euroforming onslaught. There now are fewer trees than there are European-American descendants of those who chopped and burned and cleared them away. No wood for woodchucks to chuck, if woodchucks could chuck wood...
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Russ Bates