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The installation survived a siege by the British in the Saratoga Campaign of 1777, becoming renowned as "the fort that never surrendered".
They built the Rome Canal along Wood Creek, to connect it to the Mohawk River and enable continuous passage by water from Lake Ontario via the Mohawk and Hudson rivers to New York City.Commander George Washington ordered the campaign in retaliation for the fierce frontier attacks in New York, such as the Cherry Valley Massacre by Loyalist irregulars led by Mohawk Chief Joseph Brant and John Butler.The Sullivan campaign destroyed nearly 50 Iroquois villages and their food stores, leading to starvation of many of the nations during the following winter.Rome is a city in Oneida County, New York, United States, located in the central part of the state. Rome is one of two principal cities in the Utica–Rome Metropolitan Statistical Area, which lies in the "Leatherstocking Country" made famous by James Fenimore Cooper's Leatherstocking Tales, set in frontier days before the American Revolutionary War. The city developed at an ancient portage site of Native Americans, including the historic Iroquois.It continued to be strategically important to Europeans who also used the main 18th and 19th-century waterways, based on the Mohawk and Hudson rivers, that connected New York City and the Atlantic seaboard to the Great Lakes.