Oysters… Native Americans… Colonists… Here’s What Happened

Just like everything else, humans assume that just because something is abundant, it always will be. Not true. And oysters are a perfect example. Native Americans enjoyed them in their diet. But as Native tribes were driven from prime Atlantic locations and European colonists displaced them by the thousands, they gobbled up the Native’s beloved oysters. By the end of the 1800’s, the oyster population was almost decimated. When companies started canning and preserving oysters for the growing market, it made things worse. Today, in a controlled environment, oysters are raised and harvested. They’re ready for consumption after about four years. Native Americans knew the wisdom of preserving natural resources, unfortunately for them and for the native oysters, they were out-numbered.  Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret Genealogy IV – Native Americans Hidden in Our Family Trees. Available here:



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Suellen Ocean

With a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sonoma State University, Suellen Ocean does her writing from the hills of Northern California. She began writing professionally for print and radio broadcasting in the late 1980's. Her first self-published book led to her becoming "officially" published, when in 1998 she was asked to participate in the anthology, "The Simple Life" through Berkley Books, New York. She is the author of sixteen books on diverse subjects.

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