The 1857 Bonneville expedition against the Apache reportedly carried 700 gallons of vinegar. Why?
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During the age of exploration, scurvy was a common malady, and explorers and wagon train pioneers treated it with acidic substances, such as vinegar. Yet this actually proved ineffective. Limes and oranges provided the Vitamin C cure.
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