The Jamestown (1610) survived manly on fish and turtles. Sturgeon was the most common. The Sturgeon was in
the James River from May until September.
The colonists also eat rays, herons, gulls, oysters, raccoons, beef, pork or native Virginia animals.
Domestic animals were intended as breeding stock and only been eaten when no other food was
When exermining deaths of that periode, many of them eat poisonous snakes, malodorous musk turtles or horses which indicates the difficulty to find food.
In generally on can say that peoples living near the coast very often lived by eating sea food.
The Meal structure in the 18th century was
Breakfast (taken early if you were poor and later if you were rich). This was a real consistent meal not to
compare with our breakfast of today.
Dinner which was the mid-day meal and the biggest meal of the day
Supper which was the evening meal and usually a light one and did not exist for many settlers
Colonial America Recipe - Johnnycakes
First, beat one egg, and stir in 2 cups cornmeal, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1 1/2 cups milk. This is your batter. Drop spoonfuls of this batter on a well-greased pan, and fry until they're brown on both sides. Serve them hot, with butter or sugar. Yield: 10 - 12 cakes.