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In favourable weather they are fed upon deck, but in bad weather Colonial Culinary Encounters 29 their food is given them below. Numberless quarrels take place among them during their meals, more especially when they are put upon short allowance, which frequently happens, if the passage from the coast of Guinea to the West-India islands, proves of unusual length. In that case, the weak are obliged to be content with a very scanty portion. Their allowance of water is about half a pint each at every meal.
European settlers initially relied upon the Indians for food, but in spite of this dependence, they put mechanisms into place to disrupt traditional forms of subsistence. In the colonial period, Europeans were hardly immune to their own culinary distress as they endeavored to find ample and satisfying food in an unfamiliar environment. Documents 6 and 9 describe the hunger of English colonists in Virginia in the early seventeenth century. 23 Document 1: Englishman John Gerarde Evaluates the Nutritional Value of Maize, 1597 Source: John Gerarde, The Herball or Generall Historie of Plantes (London: John Norton, 1597), 76–77.
They are commonly fed twice a day, about eight o’clock in the morning and four in the afternoon. In most ships they are only fed with their own food once a day. Their food is served up to them in tubs, about the size of a small water bucket. They are placed round these tubs in companies of ten to each tub, out of which they feed themselves with wooden spoons. These they soon lose, and when they are not allowed others, they feed themselves with their hands. In favourable weather they are fed upon deck, but in bad weather Colonial Culinary Encounters 29 their food is given them below.