Originally Posted by MarkV
Well possibly tastier than Guinea Pigs and small dogs
Yes Sir.. A definite improvement on that I'm sure not to mention Long Pig...
There were Cannibals in the Caribbean here too as well... Cannibal Island, Lake Winnipeg, Manitoba, Windigo Island's Lake of the Woods, Ontario & Windigo Bay, Lake Nipigon, Ontario. Windigo (Cannibal in Ojibwe) there is a Windigo Catering Company here in town they cater to the Mines. Most people probably don't know what it mean's.
The Buccaneer's (Le Boucan) were known to smoke meat especially pig as refrigeration was didn't exist and salt/pepper & other spices were all they had.
Now a days they have Buccaneer Festivals on Island's like Catalina Island, Dominican Republic (Santa Catalina by Christopher Columbus in 1494).
There is a Le bOucan festival in Montreal, Quebec closer to my neck of the woods I don't think any Pirate's made it this far.
If the best or biggest mine in the area was Minong Mine, Isle Royal, Lake Superior a seasonal operation at best the climate was not pirate friendly(Pirates don't like to shovel snow).
One can easily see why the Spaniard's stuck to their latitude and temperate zone.
The introduction of foreign species in this zone was much earlier due to shipping access.
Foreign species also must have contributed to the introduction of foreign diseases whether intended or not.
The European's must have been aware of biological war fare so I can't see how Queen Isabella didn't know that this could harm the Native American's.
There must have been examples of this made when the captives of the Caribbean were brought to Spain some must have died eating unfamiliar food stuffs.
Swine Flu,Rats (the plague), Small Pox I'm sure that was well understood by this time period by the European's.
Gun's Germs & Steel teaches us that this was so probably learned over the course of time monkey see monkey do likewise the Native American's gave the European's a present or two to take home.