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Cacao and pineapples were grown near Savannah!

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Did you know that the Uchee living near Savannah grew pineapples and cacao? They cultivated varieties of these two crops, which had been specifically adapted to the colder winters of the region around Savannah. You won't find that information in most history books or anthropology texts, but it is a fact. German artist, George Von Reck, immigrated to Savannah shortly after its founding. He immediately became fascinated by the Uchee and Creek Indians living immediately adjacent to the new town. His beautiful water colors and ink sketches include renderings of cacao, pineapple and a tropical variety of a sweet Caribbean squash, which were being successfully cultivated by the Uchee.