They sometimes washed up on the beaches of Plymouth, Massachusetts, in piles of two feet high.
These settlers approached the creatures with less than gustator enthusiasm, but the lobsters' abundance mande them fit for the tables of the poor...
After being simmered in a brine of water and Bay salt in a fish kettle, lobsters could either be eaten immediately, or kept as long as a quarter of a year, wrapped in brine-soaked rags and buried deep in sand." (p.
75) "The American lobster (Homarus americanus) is today on of the more expensive food items on the market, owing to the difficulty of obtaining sufficeint quantities to meet the demand.
But when the first Europeans came to America, the lobster was one of the most commonly found crustaceans.
Archaeologists tell us humans have been eating crustaceans (lobsters, crabs, shrimp) from prehistoric times to present.
They know this from excavating "middens," deposits of shells and bones left by early civilizations.
If you need these ask your librarain to help you find a copy.] "In 1621 Edward Winslow reported to a friend back in England concerning the Plymouth settlement that "our Bay is full of Lobsters all the Summer." In Salem a few years later, Francis Higginson observed that "the least Boy in the Plantation may both catch and eat what he will of" lobters.
Lobsters were not only plentiful in early New England, they were large.In 1842 the first lobster shipments reached Chicago, and Americans enjoyed them both at home and in the cities' new "lobster palaces," the first of which was built in New York by the Shanley brothers...Diamond Jim Brady thought nothing of downing a half-dozen in addition to several other full courses...Boiled lobsters were served cold with dressing, not hot and "in the rough," as we are most likely to encounter them today.In the 1840s, [Catharine] Beecher...presented boiled lobster served in this fashion... When nineteeth-century canning methods, developed around 1840 and perfected during the Civil War, were redirected toward peacetime activities, lobsters were among the most popular canned products.By 1880, there were twenty-three lobster canneries in Maine...