She was only fourteen years old when she died at James Fort, part of the Jamestown settlement, during the winter of 1609-10. That winter has been called the “starving time” because of its particular brutality. The settlers dared not stray far from the fort, for fear of being preyed on by the Powhatans, and so they had been driven to eat rats and snakes in order to survive. Until now, the possibility that human flesh was also devoured had been just speculation. Recent excavation at the former site of Jamestown, however, confirms that during the “starving time” the fort’s inhabitants did indeed resort to cannibalism.
Our Dolley Madison Digital Edition, edited by Holly C. Shulman, has been updated with 300 new documents, 360 additional identifications of people, places, and terms, and six new editorial essays exploring aspects of Dolley’s life during her widowhood in the 1840s.
Cameron Davidson appeared recently on the Kojo Nnamdi Show to discuss his latest book, Chesapeake: The Aerial Photography of Cameron Davidson. He was joined by Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold, who wrote the book’s text. You may listen to the entire interview on the episode page of the show’s web site.
The nearly hour-long conversation touches on the terrific diversity of the Chesapeake region, as well as the authors’ hope that people can see past the political issues, which in the nearby metropolises of Washington and Baltimore tend to dominate all discussions of the bay, and enjoy what is still an awesome display of nature. Davidson also addresses the difficulty of his highly specialized brand of photography, which finds him in aircraft ranging from planes at 8,500 feet to low-flying helicopters slowed down to 40 knots per hour.