Jamestown Fort, 1610: Inside the log palisade, anything that moved might be killed and eaten.
In the cellar pit of the barracks inside the fort archeologists have unearthed the bones of poisonous snakes and musk turtles, butchered horse bones, the bones of the black rat, and dog and cat bones. The dog bones are probably those of a mastiff, which the English used for hunting. In their desperate need, they killed and ate the dogs that might have hunted for game. But game-hunting was out of the question. No one now ventured outside the palisaded walls. Indians had made it clear that outside the fort, the English themselves were fair game.
When the dogs and cats were gone, what was left to eat?
Meanwhile, downriver at Algernon Fort:
Before nightfall the lookouts at who kept a watch on Chesapeake Bay sounded the alarm. Two vessels, their sails just barely visible on the horizon, were approaching Point Comfort. Captain Davis ordered an armed guard to stand watch all night. President Percy worried. No one slept much.
It looked as if the Spanish were coming at last to attack the English in Virginia.