The “Starving Time” occurred shortly after the Jamestown colony was established.
Tree ring evidence has indicated that one of the factors was drought.
The BBC reports research involving oysters that provides additional evidence of this.
Previous data based on tree rings and historical documents show that the arrival of the English colonists in Virginia coincided with a severe regional drought.
The years 1606-1612 were the driest in nearly eight centuries.
“Shortages of food and fresh drinking water, combined with poor leadership, nearly destroyed the colony during its first decade,” the authors of the latest study write in PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences–ed.).