Jamestown Settlers Ate a Child

    The arrival of the maids as wives for the settlers at Jamestown in 1619 is shown in this engraving from the collection of the library of Congress." To have and To Hold" the novel, was based on this incident in the story of the first permanent English settlement in America, which began at Jamestown, Va., in 1607. (AP Photo)

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    Scientists have confirmed the first archeological evidence that Jamestown settlers resorted to cannibalism with the gruesome discovery of a 14-year-old girl’s skeleton. The English girl’s remains date back to the deadly winter of 1609–10, known as the “starving time,” when settlers ate dogs, cats, horses, and even humans in the Virginia colony. Much remains unknown about the dismemberment and cannibalization of the 14-year-old, though a forensic anthropologist confirmed that a blow to the back of her head split her skull in half and the skull was penetrated to remove her brain. Scientists have long speculated that Jamestown colonists ate fellow settlers—and likely committed murder in the process.

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