In the 1800’s the diet of the America’s earliest inhabitants ate what they were able to produce for themselves. They consumed a lot of produce they grew themselves. Meats were more limited to the slaughter of a few animals each year. The animals were needed for working the farms or like chickens for the eggs they could produce and cows for the milk. In many ways their diet was not as different in content as one might think. The main difference was in the preparation and availability of the foods they consumed.