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Survival Foods

Not all food is fancy. Not all food tastes very good, either! But if the food keeps you nourished and satisfies your hunger, it is doing its job. That is the role of survival foods: foods that you either gather in the wild, take with you on long journeys, or eat when other foods are scarce (limited or hard to get). Survival foods include meats and plants that are preserved (prepared to last a long time for later use). Three hundred years ago, people in Florida were masters at making and using survival foods! 

Not having enough food was a big problem for early explorers and for early St. Augustine colonists. The need to supply St. Augustine with food was one reason Mission San Luis was created, and it was Native peoples that often supplied struggling Spanish colonies.

Learn more about survival foods at Mission San Luis here.