National Geographic : 1979 Jun
IVORNOELHUME Terrible trinity of disease, famine, and fighting once ruled the settlement. But sick ness always threatened. Here at Site A, colonists bury a com rade (above). On and around afenced lane lay 23 graves, the dead ranging from infants to an old man of about sixty. Some graves were dug in a row (left), probably at the same time, suggesting contagious disease had struck. Nevertheless, conditions were better than in the early days, when hunger stalked the settlement. "I haue eaten more in [a] day at home then I haue allowed me here for a Weeke," lamented Richard Frethorne, a servant. Throughout Virgin ia the story was the same. Be tween 1619 and 1621 about 3,560 people left England to join the colony's settlers. Within those three years, sev en out of ten perished.