In the early 1800s, the U.S. had one of the strongest whaling fleets in the world, based in New England. Oil and meat were the primary resources gathered from whales.
Whaling was quite commonplace in America during the 18th and 19th century, and the last Euro-American whaler ship made a journey in 1927. However, the Makah, a Native American tribe, rely on whales as a part of their cultural history, and have been locked in a legal battle with the United States’ government since the 1980s to try and continue whaling.
Some of the meat was used for food in America (particularly in native cultures,) but most of it historically has been ground up for fertilizer and dog food…a tragedy, if you ask me.
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