The settlers and Indians found the climate was also much more salubrious than that of the swampy regions on the western shore, where there was more brackish waters. As for sustenance, they found the place an earthly paradise, in the light and sandy soil, corn, vegetables, and many varieties of shellfish and easily obtainable varieties of fish as well.
Fish and shell-fish of every description abounded in the ocean, bays and inlets, as they do today. Wild fowls of many sorts, from the lordly wild goose to the tiny teal, swarmed in the marshes along the coast. Game in great abundance, furred and feathered, could be had for the shooting of it upon the land. The fig and the pomegranate throve upon this generous soil. The influence of the Gulf Stream, which, in passing the Virginia Capes, approaches within thirty miles of the coast, and then turns abruptly eastward, made, as it still makes, residence upon the Eastern Shore of Virginia most charming and delightful.
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