Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Survival in the Virginia Colony

An Italian flintlock fowling piece mid 17th century
Virginians thought of themselves and living more splendidly than their families in England.  For example, bacon was considered by impartial foreign judges to be equal to that of Westphalia, the most celebrated in the world in that age.  While animals such as cows and sheep were allowed to run loose in the woods until slaughter, the countryside supplied fowls, ducks, turkeys, fish and other natural resources.  To keep his family fed, the planter hunted. One of the wealthiest planters in the colony,  Ralph Wormeley,  owned 21 guns, five of which were fowling pieces.  The gun was a necessary commodity in colonial days, whether it be for food or protection against the marauding Indian tribes which plagued colonists. 

Sources:  Clayton's Virginia, p. 36, Middlesex County, vol. 1698-1713, p. 128.

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