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New Study Suggests Jamestown Colonists Ate Indigenous Dogs


Still Waters

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Dogs first came to the Americas nearly 16,000 years ago during the last Ice Age. These dogs remained on the continent for thousands of years until they suddenly disappeared from the historical narrative. In their place stood European canine breeds. So what happened to all the indigenous dogs that had been in America for so long? A pair of jawbones recently found beneath Virginia’s colonial Jamestown settlement suggests that the starving colonists might have eaten them.

https://www.thevintagenews.com/2022/04/05/jamestown-colonists-indigenous-dogs/

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There are diaries from Ralph Lane's 1585 Roanoke colony where they compare the taste of New and Old World dogs, so this is nothing new or unknown...

--Jaylemurph

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Nothing new or unknown. The Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery traded with Indian tribes for dogs to eat. Native dogs suffered the same fate as their masters, ravaged by Old World diseases. They were quickly replaced by Old World dogs as Native Americans adopted the new breeds, with whom they'd been breeding their native dogs for centuries. Their unique genetic signature is almost lost, save for perhaps 3 to 4 percent of it remaining in Chihuahuas.

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12 hours ago, Still Waters said:

Dogs first came to the Americas nearly 16,000 years ago during the last Ice Age. These dogs remained on the continent for thousands of years until they suddenly disappeared from the historical narrative. In their place stood European canine breeds. So what happened to all the indigenous dogs that had been in America for so long? A pair of jawbones recently found beneath Virginia’s colonial Jamestown settlement suggests that the starving colonists might have eaten them.

https://www.thevintagenews.com/2022/04/05/jamestown-colonists-indigenous-dogs/

At first read, it appears they are blaming the Jamestown settlement was responsible for the extinction of indigenous dogs.   We know that is BS.  I'm sure  native Americans also ate these dogs.  

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News of the discovery was first published in the spring, when the team only had DNA from two dogs at Jamestown. Since then, the team has added to its project a third dog whose DNA closely relates to remains found at a large Native American archaeological site called the Hatch site, said Thomas.

The Hatch site spans back at least 1,000 years and is located about 20 to 30 miles southwest of Jamestown, said researchers from the University of Iowa and Jamestown Rediscovery.

The team wants to learn more about when European dog lineages replaced indigenous ones. The findings are the first step in figuring this out.

The team's research is significant because previously, archaeologists weren't sure whether the dog remains they found were English or European, nor did they align with any known European dog breeds, the researchers said.

https://phys.org/news/2023-01-ancient-indigenous-dogs-jamestown-proof.html

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DNA analysis reveals that Jamestown Colony residents ate dogs with Indigenous ancestry

Dogs with Indigenous ancestry were eaten during a period of starvation at Jamestown, the first English settlement in North America in the 17th century, according to new research in American Antiquity.

This discovery changes historians' understanding of how Indigenous communities negotiated their relationship with rising colonial powers during this period. It also suggests that early European colonists depended on local Indigenous communities for their very survival, especially during the initial settlement period.

https://phys.org/news/2024-05-dna-analysis-reveals-jamestown-colony.html

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Residents of Jamestown ate their fellow colonists so why is this a surprise? 

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