Caution: do not read this unless you have a strong stomach.Historians have always known that cannibalism occurred during the
Jamestown Colony’s “starving time” during the winter of 1609-1610. About 300 people inhabited the fort in November 1609. By spring, only 60 were left.
The colonists were reduced to consuming, as colony President George Percy put it, what they "could come by." One man was executed for killing and eating his wife. Others went looking for food and were never seen again. These facts have often been omitted from many history textbooks but have been well documented elsewhere, including on www.History.org. These reports came from several of the colonists themselves as well as from others who recorded what they heard from the early colonists in later years.
New forensic proof comes in the form of fragments of a skeleton of a girl, about age 14, recently found in a cellar full of debris in the fort on the James River that sheltered the starving colonists.
You can read more in an article by Jason Collins in The Washington Post at http://goo.gl/UnPkT.