The Starving Time

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  1. In colonial Jamestown, Virginia, United States, colonists resorted to cannibalism during a period from to known as the Starving Time. After food supplies had diminished, some colonists began to dig up corpses for food.
  2. The Starving Time refers to a period of forced starvation experienced by the colonists at Jamestown during the winter of to Over the course of this winter, nearly all of the colonists perished from starvation. Only 60 of the original colonists survived the winter. Only the timely arrival of additional colonists and supplies enabled Jamestown to continue.
  3. The Starving Time “The starving time” was the winter of , when food shortages, fractured leadership, and a siege by Powhatan Indian warriors killed two of every three colonists at James Fort. From its beginning, the colony struggled to maintaining a food supply.
  4. from Chapter Eleven. The remainder of Anno [Mayflower Compact; Squanto; the Starving Time] [¶] I shall a little return back and begin with a combination [contract, covenant] made by them before they came ashore, being the first foundation of their government in this place; occasioned partly by the discontented and mutinous speeches that some of the strangers [non-Separatists.
  5. The Starving Time: Elizabeth's Diary, Book Two continues nine-year-old Elizabeth Barker's story of life and death during the first year settling the Jamestown, Virginia colony. Through Elizabeth's diary entries young readers come face to face with gnawing hunger as the settlers dream of food but face the stark realities of starvation and disease.
  6. A new boatload of colonists and supplies sank off the coast of Bermuda on its way to help the hungry settlement. The winter of , known as the " starving time," may have been the worst of all. Disease and hunger ravaged Jamestown.
  7. Starving Time was a particularly gruesome era in early colonial America when ravenous Jamestown colonists exhumed corpses for sustenance. Wikimedia Commons A depiction of Native Americans attacking colonists during the Indian massacre of in Virginia.
  8. Jamestown settlers endured hardship after hardship, but the most difficult period of all is known as the 'Starving Time'. This quiz and worksheet will assess your knowledge of critical dates.

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