We Americans have a History fo Eating our Own

Scientists said Wednesday that they have found the first solid archaeological evidence that some of the earliest American colonists at Jamestown, Va., survived harsh conditions by turning to cannibalism.

For years, there have been tales of the starving English settlers resorting to eating dogs, mice, snakes and shoe leather at Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in America. There were also written accounts of settlers eating their own dead, but archaeologists had been skeptical of those stories. (here)

Wait to they (re)discover polygamy as a social function of the American frontier

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One Reply to “We Americans have a History fo Eating our Own”

  1. Hmmm. I can safely say that the Living History re-enactors at Jamestown Settlement were not eating while we were there. Given the despirate survival conditions of settlements, I would not surprised about eating what you could get. Walking around and in the holds of the three replica ships docked at the Settlement, I’m not sure that I would want to sail around the James River, let alone cross the Atlantic in one. I believe that only men were in the settlement for the first year or two. Polygamy would come later and serve a different purpose.

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