Skip to comments.Starving Settlers in Jamestown Colony Resorted to Cannibalism
Posted on 05/02/2013 3:41:19 AM PDT by kimtom
The harsh winter of 1609 in Virginias Jamestown Colony forced residents to do the unthinkable. A recent excavation at the historic site discovered the carcasses of dogs, cats and horses consumed during the season commonly called the Starving Time. But a few other newly discovered bones in particular, though, tell a far more gruesome story: the dismemberment and cannibalization of a 14-year-old English girl.
The chops to the forehead are very tentative, very incomplete, says Douglas Owsley, the Smithsonian forensic anthropologist who analyzed the bones after they were found by archaeologists from Preservation Virginia. Then, the body was turned over, and there were four strikes to the back of the head, one of which was the strongest and split the skull in half. A penetrating ..........
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We’ve already been there. Recall how the former Clinton loving press turned on her and consumed her when Obama came on the scene.
There are no written records of this ever happening.
Jamestown was recorded extensively and nothing like this ever came up except the observations that the Iroquois and other tribes engaged in cannibalism as a spiritual act, not of nutrition.
There were “claims” by some who fled the colony but, they were discounted, as there were no names of those who might have engaged in this disgusting act.
I don’t have any idea why these so called scientists would engage in this synthetic conjecture...
Looks like the “tomahawk chop” to me.
This kinda thing happened to a LARGE PERCENTAGE of “ immigrants” up thru the Little Big Horn up until Wounded Knee—when it stopped.
Schenectady NY, my old stomping grounds, was ONLY wiped out THREE times back in the day.
I am no cannibal, but if I were going to be one, I certainly wouldn’t start by eating the brain. I would start looking for some of the more choice cuts.
I think this scientist is full of crap and probably believes the people in Jamestown started Global Warming too.
A deceptive headline for a junk article.
The modern liberal just can’t resist cannibalizing history.
According to the article, there are written records of new graves being opened and bodies being removed for consumption.
It isn't PC to talk about American Indian atrocities (anymore).
But Humans do strange things when faced with starvation.
Socialism leads to hard times. Didn’t Jamestown have a socialist set-up? Everybody sharing everybody’s crops? Until nobody wanted to work...just waited for their ‘fair share’.
Not really. The original settlement was run by a company for several years, until Virginia was made a crown colony.
Thanks, my gaff
Isn’t this in the same vein as Jefferson’s Black love child?
Not the same story; a different telling.
It’s not saying who engaged in it, only that it happened.
I’ve heard that the mind stops thinking and becomes quite savage under starvation conditions.
Yep. Revisionist po-mo twaddle concocted to cast European settlers as barbarians.
Meanwhile, the real butchers like the heart-ripping Aztecs and the predatory natives get the “Dances with Wolves” treatment.
Were the settlers too lazy/ignorant to fish? Harvest clams ..crabs? ?
Early colonists on Mars will resort to it.
Next year they will discover they were all gay atheist soccer fans.
I actually considered positing that.
Had two moron friends bring this up yesterday.
Sadly, for them, I am overly steeped in American history and I swatted down that idiocy.
Ta Tonka ...
It didn’t ....
Never read or heard of it but, that may possible.
However the article was written to leave an entirely different I.pressing.
And it didn’t happen, so far as I know or they know.
From the article which I’m assuming many did not read, with quotes from George Percy’s letters: George Percy, who had been president of Jamestown during the Starving Time, wrote a letter describing the colonists diet during that terrible winter. Haveinge fedd upon our horses and other beastes as longe as they Lasted, we weare gladd to make shifte with vermin as doggs Catts, Ratts and myce as to eate Bootes shoes or any other leather, he wrote. And now famin beginneinge to Looke gastely and pale in every face, thatt notheinge was Spared to mainteyne Lyfe and to doe those things which seame incredible, as to digge upp deade corpes outt of graves and to eate them. And some have Licked upp the Bloode which hathe fallen from their weake fellowes.
And at this link you can download his Jamestown papers/diary:
When US tried Communism [ History of Jamestown: 1607 to 1611 ]
So great was our famine, that a Savage we slew and buried, the poorer sorte took him up againe and eat him; and so did divers one another boyled and stewed with roots and herbs.’
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