CUBA, N.Y.- In the year 1627, Franciscan missionary Joseph de La Roche Daillon traveled south from Quebec, into the land of the Iroquois Confederacy. After earning their trust, they took him to a sacred spot where water bubbled up, with a oily sheen on top.
The natives dipped blankets into the liquid and used it medicinally. They also realized they could ignite it and used it for torches and lamps.
This spot became, and still is, The Seneca Oil Springs, a one mile reservation of the Seneca Nation. It is also considered by many the birthplace of the North American petroleum industry.