(Annabel Venning) She had arrived in America only a few months earlier. After a stormy 16-week voyage across the Atlantic, Jane, a 14-year-old girl from southern England, would have been relieved to reach land when she scrambled ashore at Jamestown, the first permanent English colony in America, in August 1609.
But any sense of salvation was to be short-lived. For, soon afterwards, the colony began to starve.
Food was already scarce when seven ships — including the one Jane travelled on — arrived with another 300 settlers to add to the 100 or so trying to eke out an existence in the swampy outpost.
The following correspondence originally took place upon the Facebook wall of my friend, Brooke N, after she shared artwork from here…
“That’s like if you went to a restaurant, and you were like, ‘Uh, waiter? I’ll have the cake.’ And, then, the guy at the table text to you was like, ‘Uh, waiter? Cancel the cake. I don’t want anyone to have cake. God hates cake. My kids are here. If they see you eating cake, then they’re gonna want to have cake, too. You can go hoe and eat cake in private. But, we’d prefer it if you didn’t call it cake. Maybe a civil muffin?'”