Originally known as cowpeas, this legume as an important part of the West African diet. Thomas Jefferson preferred it to English field peas, praising it as “… very productive, excellent food for man and beast.” An early Virginia cookbook included a recipe for fired cakes made of mashed black-eyed peas, a delicacy prepared by West Africans since the Middle Ages.
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The land the English settled in 1607 was already home to more than thirty Powhatan Indian tribes. Each tribe had its own chief (weroance/weroansqua) who was “ruled” by paramount chief (mamanatowick) Powhatan. This Powhatan Chiefdom spanned all of tidewater Virginia and parts of the Eastern Shore. More...