Driving through Utica, NY and seeing the landscape takes one back to the 1600’s and 1700’s when the Iroquois Indians fought, farmed, hunted, and lived on the land. As green and majestic as the landscape is today, how much more beautiful must it have been then?
The Iroquois had other tribes “underneath” them. The Mohawk, Oneida, Seneca, and Cayuga tribes shared this land. This land was called Fort Schuyler after the British built a fort here. The Iroquois Trail (a.k.a. Mohawk Trail) was used by the Indians to hunt, fight and trade. Fort Schuyler was at a fork in the trail. Iroquois (Mohawk) trail was 190 miles long and each end connected to other migration pathways. They had managed to create their own form of an interstate system.
The Iroquois fought for the land and even helped the new Americans defend the land. Yet, they were slowly pushed out and most can be found now in Ohio.